Two fruits that remind me of Fall are persimmons and apples. I lived for quite a few years on a ranch of Fuyu persimmons in southern California. I love the Fuyu variety because you can eat them firm or soft – they are delicious either way. Other varieties of persimmon, like the Hachiya, have to fully ripen before you can eat them because they have an unpalatably astringent taste when they aren’t ripe.
And who doesn’t like apples? They instill such a special memory of clear, crisp fall days, don’t they? Growing up in New Hampshire, there were apple orchards everywhere and they give me warm, fuzzy feelings. I’m so happy that I still live in apple country but it is 3,000 miles from where I grew up. Here, the North Bay Area is known especially for the Gravenstein variety of apples.
So, here is a little snack I like to eat in the fall. Sliced Fuyu persimmons and sliced apples with a simple sweet tahini dip.
Sweet Tahini Dip
- 1/4 cup tahini (either raw or roasted)
- 1 -2 tsp honey or agave
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a small bowl combine the tahini, honey or agave and vanilla extract. Stir to combine well. Serve with the slices of 1 apple and 1 fuyu persimmon and ENJOY! Serves 1 or 2 snack or appetizer servings.