Persimmon baby food

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Chloe’s had an exciting introduction to solids, trying just about every fruit and vegetable available at the farmer’s market over the past 2 months. It’s been so exciting for us to watch her very first reactions to all these new flavors. While she has obviously enjoyed a lot of what I’ve made her, it is clear that persimmons are by far her favorite. When I first pureed some for her, I wasn’t sure how she would react. Persimmon isn’t a typical first food for a baby. It would be unlikely to find a jar of it in the baby food section at any grocery and fresh persimmons are not always easy to find, depending on what part of the country you live in. But here in California, where basically all U.S. persimmons are grown, they are everywhere you turn this time of year. I was totally surprised when Chloe ate the entire first batch I made for her — in one sitting! It was the most I had ever seen her eat.

Persimmon puree is really thick and smooth, has a beautiful bright orange hue, is sweet and is perfect for one of baby’s first foods. There are 2 varieties of persimmons_ Fuyus and Hachiyas. The tastes are similar though there are some big differences to note. Fuyus are rounder and can be eaten firm. They have an apple-like texture, where as Hachiyas are heart shaped and need to ripen until REALLY soft before you try eating them. I usually buy ripe Fuyus, and peel and chop them for this recipe (there is no cooking involved). You could also use Hachiyas for this, just make sure they are super soft before eating them yourself or using them for this puree.

Persimmons are a great source of vitamin A, C, beta-carotene and soluble fiber — which is very important for baby . Whenever you feel like your wee one is a bit constipated, just give her a “p” fruit (peaches, pears, plums, papaya and especially persimmons), because the “p” also stands for poop! Seriously, it works every time!

We used these to make this recipe: Cuisinart DLC-2 Mini Prep Plus Food Processor

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Author: Catherine McCord

Total Time 2 minutes

  • ▢ 2 persimmons
  • Peel the skin off the persimmons and cut into cubes.

  • Place the cut persimmon into a food processor and puree until smooth.

  • Serve.

  • *Place in Baby Cubes and freeze.

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Published August 4, 2022 by Catherine McCord

Categorized in All Recipes, Cook Time 10-15 mins, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Family Meals, First Foods, Freeze Well Recipes, Fruits, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Purees, Recipes 10-12 Months, Recipes 6-9 Months, School Lunches, Toddler Recipes, Vegan

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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Persimmon Baby Food Puree, 2 Ways

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These recipes were originally posted on November 19, 2019 and updated on December 4, 2020.

Persimmons are a delicious, naturally sweet fruit that is great to introduce to your baby. Try these stage 2 persimmon baby food purees for your 6 month+ baby!

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I wanted to introduce persimmons to my daughter, Emmalee, because they are so sweet and delicious.  I created two persimmon baby food purees that have savory notes to balance the fruit’s honey-like flavor: Persimmon, Mint + Ginger and Persimmon, Blueberry + Basil.

6-month-old Emmalee enjoying Persimmon, Blueberry & Basil puree.

What are persimmons?

Persimmons are a fruit originally from China, but are common in most of Asia. They have a unique, jelly-like texture, with a sweet, honey-like flavor.

There are many varieties of persimmons, but the two main types are: Fuyu (non-astringent) and Hachiya (astringent).   The Fuyu persimmon, which is squat and round like a tomato, can be eaten either ripened or unripened. The Hachiya persimmon, which has more of an oval shape with a point at the bottom, is very astringent and can only be eaten when it is very ripe.  If eaten before this stage, it will be very bitter and will leave your mouth feeling dry because of its tannins.

If you have a hard time finding persimmons in the produce department of your local grocery store, you should be able to find it at an Asian grocery store.

  • Hachiya Persimmon
  • Fuyu Persimmon

What health benefits do these persimmon baby food purees provide for your baby?

Persimmons are a good source of vitamin C, which can help to fight against the common cold and the flu, as well as vitamin A, which is great for your vision.

Mint is a natural decongestant because it contains menthol, and ginger helps with indigestion, so it can prevent belly aches for your baby.

Blueberries are known for their high levels of antioxidants, and basil is good for digestion.  Both of these persimmon purees will provide lots of benefits to your baby!

How long will homemade baby food last?

Fresh, homemade baby food will last in the refrigerator for 3 days.  Once the 3 days have passed, the remaining food should be disposed of for safety reasons.

If you make this or any other baby food recipes in bulk, it can be stored it the freezer for up to 3 months.  Click here for more information, tips and tricks on storing homemade baby food.

By the way, these baby food freezer storage trays are PERFECT for freezing baby food. They come with snug fit lids that prevent spills and freezer burns, and they stack so easily.

What else can I do with these baby food purees?

Both of these persimmon purees would be great to serve with full-fat, plain yogurt for your baby. 

For the rest of the family, they would be delicious in a yogurt and granola bowl for breakfast.  

They would also be amazing as popsicles…a summer treat for the whole family!  You could even let your teething baby suck on the popsicles to soothe his gums.

How do you make the persimmon baby food purees?

Ingredients for Persimmon, Mint + Ginger Baby Food Puree

  • 4 ripe Fuyu persimmons, peeled and roughly diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • a few fresh mint leaves

Ingredients for Persimmon, Blueberry + Basil Baby Food Puree

  • 2 ripe Fuyu persimmons, peeled and roughly diced
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • a few fresh basil leaves

Step 1: Peel and roughly dice the persimmon. (Fuyu persimmons are seedless, but every now and then, one will have seeds. If this happens, make sure to discard them.)

  • Quarter.
  • Remove seeds and “core”.
  • Remove the skin.

Step 2: Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add a splash of water, breast milk, or baby formula to thin the puree out if needed.

Persimmon, Mint + Ginger Baby Food
Persimmon, Blueberry + Basil Baby Food

Try these other delicious baby food recipes!

  • Okinawan Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree
  • Cucumber + Melon Baby Food Puree
  • Red Lentil + Carrot Baby Food Mash
  • Mango + Coconut Rice Baby Cereal
  • Peach + Coconut Quinoa Baby Cereal

You should always consult your pediatrician before giving your baby new foods.

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  • 4 ripe Fuyu persimmons peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated or chopped ginger
  • a few fresh mint leaves
  • water, breast milk or baby formula as needed
  • Wash and dry the persimmons, then cut and remove the skin and seeds (if any).

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, or blender and blend until smooth.

  • Add water, breast milk, or formula if necessary to achieve your desired consistency.

Fuyu persimmons can be eaten ripe or unripe, but they should be ripe to make this puree. I like to use them when the flesh is soft like a ripe peach.



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  • blender

  • 1 ripe Fuyu persimmon peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • a few fresh basil
  • water, breast milk or baby formula As needed
  • Wash and dry the persimmons, then cut and remove the skin and seeds (if any).

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, or blender and blend until smooth.

  • Add water, breast milk, or formula if necessary to achieve your desired consistency.

Fuyu persimmons can be eaten ripe or unripe, but they should be ripe to make this puree. I like to use them when the flesh is soft like a ripe peach.

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Persimmon in baby food

Feature : allergen. In the children's diet can be introduced no earlier than 3 years.

Persimmon is an evergreen tree of the Eben family. Trees live up to five hundred years. In many species, the fruits are edible - they are large orange fleshy berries.

100 grams persimmon contains 67 kcal




Vitamin PP - 0. 2 mg

Beta-carotene - 1.2 mg

Vitamin A (RE) - 200 mcg

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.02 mg

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.03mg

Vitamin C - 15 mg

Vitamin E - 0.5 mg

Niacin - 0.3 mg

Calcium - 127 mg

Magnesium - 56 mg

Sodium - 15 mg

Potassium 200mg

Phosphorus - 42 mg

Iron - 2.5 mg

The homeland of persimmon is supposedly China, from where it spread to East Asia, then began to be grown in Japan. Only at the end of the 19th century the whole world learned about persimmon. In recent decades, persimmon has become a delicacy for many people. Many sweet dishes and desserts began to be prepared from it.

Composition and nutritional properties of persimmon

100 g persimmon contains:

  • Proteins - 0.5 g
  • Fats - 0. 4 g
  • Carbohydrates - 15.3 g
  • Dietary fiber - 1.6 g
  • Organic acids - 0.1 g
  • Water - 81.5 g
  • Mono- and disaccharides - 15.3 g
  • Ash - 0.6 g

Useful properties of persimmon

Persimmon is considered a dietary product. It contains pectin, due to which the use of persimmons is indicated for indigestion. Traditional medicine uses this exotic fruit to fight stomach diseases, persimmon improves digestion.

In addition, persimmon also has other useful properties. It contains iodine, persimmon contains a lot of glucose and fructose. Therefore, you can get enough with just a couple of fruits. Ripe fruits help to improve the functioning of the liver, vision, and gonads. This fruit is also able to restrain the growth of age-related neoplasms.

Doctors also recommend eating persimmons for those who suffer from varicose veins and bleeding gums. It is useful for hearts due to the presence of a large amount of potassium.

Persimmon is rich in iron. With anemia, it is recommended to drink 50-100 ml of persimmon juice twice a day before meals.

Read also: What is useful persimmon

Contraindications for use

It contains a large amount of easily digestible sugars. Therefore, it should not be eaten by those who suffer from diabetes and obesity.

The consumption of persimmon fruit in large quantities is also considered one of the most common causes of the formation of bezoars, which further lead to intestinal obstruction. It is also important to remember that persimmon fruits cannot be combined with milk and cold water.

Persimmon is recommended to be introduced into the diet of children after 3 years. Like any other orange fruit, it is not recommended to administer it to children with atopic dermatitis, so as not to provoke its exacerbation.

Persimmon in children's diet

You need to eat very carefully, as sometimes persimmon can cause allergies. It is necessary to introduce a child into the diet, like all products - starting with ½ teaspoon of puree.

Read also: 5 persimmon desserts for children (recipes)

Preparation and consistency

You can use it in different forms: fresh, in the form of mashed potatoes, jam, juice, jelly, etc.

Persimmon recipes for children

Persimmon pie - after 3 years


  • Persimmon - 4 pcs.
  • Sour cream - 6 tablespoons
  • Sugar - 125 g
  • Egg - 3 pcs.
  • Flour - 175 g.
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 2 tbsp.
  • Nuts - 100 g.


Wash the persimmon, separate the stalk, select the seeds (if any) and grind with a blender until smooth (mashed).

Add sour cream, sugar, eggs, baking powder, cinnamon, butter, crushed nuts and flour to the puree. Beat everything until smooth.

Grease the form with butter, pour the dough and put in the oven preheated to 200 * C for 40-50 minutes.

Cool the finished cake, cut into pieces, sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Ice cream in persimmon - from 3 years


  • Persimmon - 4 pcs.
  • Ice cream - 200 g
  • Egg white - 2 pcs.
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp


Wash the persimmon, remove the stem. Trim off the top to get a straight edge. We also cut off the lower part of the fruit a little to make the bottom and our future glass stood evenly and confidently.

From the fruits prepared in this way, we take out the pulp with a spoon so that a “cup” remains. We grind the pulp.

Beat egg whites with sugar until foamy.

Melt the ice cream, stirring, until creamy and mix with chopped persimmon.

We put the persimmon in a saucepan or on a baking sheet covered with foil, fill it with a mixture of persimmon and ice cream. Lay the beaten egg whites on top.

We put in an oven preheated to 270 degrees for three minutes - no more. We get and deliver!

Persimmon jam - from 5 years


  • Persimmon (Korolek variety) - 1 kg.
  • Sugar - 1 kg
  • Water - 2 tbsp.
  • Citric acid - 1/2 tsp
  • Vanillin - to taste


Wash the kinglets and cut into slices.

Then you need to boil the syrup. Pour sugar into a saucepan, add water and, stirring, bring the syrup to a boil.

When the syrup boils and the sugar is completely dissolved, add the beets and, stirring occasionally, cook over moderate heat for 50 minutes.

The resulting foam must be removed.

Add citric acid and vanillin to the jam. Cook for another 10 minutes.

When hot, spread in sterile jars and close with sterile screw caps. Turn upside down for 5 minutes.

Bon appetit!

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About when to introduce new foods into the baby's diet, about the beneficial properties of these products and how to diversify the baby's menu with new dishes, read the Encyclopedia of Baby Food

At what age can persimmon be given to children?

Most adults love to eat fragrant and juicy persimmons. This fruit is not only tasty, it is also useful for vision, blood vessels and immunity. But is it possible to pamper a young child with this berry? At what age is it better to introduce a child to persimmon? Is this fruit dangerous for the child's body? How to introduce this berry into complementary foods?


This berry is not given to a child under one year old. Most experts generally agree that persimmons should not be offered to children under three years of age. Until this age, the child's digestive system is not yet mature enough to absorb this fruit.

Not all parents are inclined to listen to the opinion of experts, some offer persimmon to children at an earlier age (1-2 years). The introduction of this fruit into the diet of crumbs at an early age can lead to problems with the gastrointestinal tract. If the baby already has some pathologies or diseases of the digestive system, it is better to refrain from introducing persimmons into his diet up to 5 years.

What are the benefits of persimmon?

  • Persimmon is rich in carbohydrates, fiber, contains a lot of tannins, organic acids and many other useful compounds;
  • In winter, this fruit will replenish the child's body with vitamins and minerals;
  • Persimmon strengthens blood vessels, stimulates the thyroid gland and the immune system, has a beneficial effect on the kidneys;
  • Vitamin A contained in persimmon improves eyesight. Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene is important for growth processes in the child's body;
  • This berry will replenish the body with a supply of useful substances - iron, potassium, iodine, manganese, magnesium, calcium;
  • Persimmon is a source of vitamin C, thanks to which the body's resistance to viruses increases, the immune system becomes stronger.
  • Rutin and vitamin C in the composition of persimmon, strengthens the walls of blood vessels and has a positive effect on immune defense and blood condition;
  • Persimmon is a source of natural sugar, so it improves brain function and increases efficiency;
  • Thanks to its astringent components, persimmon helps in the treatment of diarrhea.


Why persimmon can be dangerous and for whom it is contraindicated?

  • The astringent properties of persimmon can be dangerous for children (if introduced too early in the diet) - this fruit can cause intestinal obstruction;
  • For children who are prone to constipation, it is better not to give persimmons, especially if the fruits are not ripe. They are high in tannin, a substance that can cause severe constipation in children;
  • Persimmon refers to berries that often cause allergic reactions. Children are introduced to this fruit gradually, offering a small piece during breakfast;
  • Diabetics should not eat persimmons because of the large amount of carbohydrates that are quickly absorbed by the body;
  • Simultaneous use of persimmon with milk is not eaten, it can cause loose stools.

How are persimmons given to children?

This fruit is usually offered fresh. Persimmons are washed, peeled and cut into pieces. The fruit is also good for making sweet desserts - jelly, fruit salads. Its pulp is used to stuff pancakes, casseroles and pies.

Fruit salad with pineapple and persimmon dried persimmon

Dried fruits can also be offered to children, although in this form the amount of vitamins is reduced. Dried persimmons also have less tannin, which has an astringent effect.

How to choose a persimmon for a child?

When buying a persimmon for a child, choose only ripe berries - they are moderately elastic, smooth, have a uniform orange color, there should not be any damage, rotting areas or dark spots on the surface of the persimmon. Do not buy too soft fruits or fruits with dried skin. Treat your child only to washed and peeled persimmons.

"Fresh Food" - How to choose a ripe persimmon

Persimmon allergy - beware

Since persimmon contains a large amount of beta-carotene, as evidenced by the bright orange color of the fruit, it often causes in children allergy. That is why, when offering persimmons to children for the first time, they give a very small piece of the fruit to try in the morning. During the day, you should pay attention to whether allergy symptoms have appeared - a rash, redness, itching, swelling in the face, dry cough, runny nose, or any other allergy symptom.

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