If you’re never quite sure what to do with all the persimmons around at the moment other than peeling them and eating them, then try this very easy and very delicious chutney (courtesy James Broad, Cuisine Concepts).

2 kgs ripe persimmon, peeled, stones removed and roughly chopped
2 large onions, finely diced
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tbsp salt
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup lemon juice
4 tsp mixed spice

Place all the ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring to the boil.

Cook, stirring occasionally till the liquid is almost all gone, and the fruit is very soft and mushy.

Allow to cool then bottle.


    • Hi, I have just finished making this amazing lush Persimmon Chutney, the 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice complemented the fruit it wouldn’t be the same without the full cup of Lemon juice to the amount of fruit and other ingredients. So yes I would say the 1 cup of lemon juice us important to use in this recipe. I have made 795g of this chutney with the 5 persimmons I had left over. After making 9lb of marmalade last week and a full cupboard of assorted chutneys am an avid preserver and love experimenting. Thank you for this lovely recipe hubby loves it to moorish. Makes a change to Mango Chutney. Thank you Bon Apetite!!!!

    • Hi Heather Langdon!

      If you Google ‘mixed spice recipe’ you can make your own. The search may also tell you that mixed spice is a very English creation…I suspect you live in America?

      While you can buy mixed spice here in New Zealand (ex-British colony) I very much doubt if it would be available in the U.S.

      Hope this helps.

      Rgds Sandor.

    • It will last a long time in the fridge (a couple of months at least)
      If you put in steralised jars and seal, unopened in a cool place again they should last a couple of months

    • NO,NO,NO! Never wax-Follow a recipe from THe National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation. If you use pectin, it would require to use a water bath canner for safety.

    • Anything.Fabulous with chicken,pork,lamb ,ham but haven’t tried it with beef.Its also lovely on crackers.I have a persimmon tree made heaps of jars and gave it to several friends,some of who I gave persimmons and the recipe.To date everyone has loved it.Specially my husband ,who is a chilli sauce addict !!

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