Spare: country style

10 red Persimmons……

SpareHere is a simple display of Persimmons found in my favourite local coffee shop Nest: Cinema/cafe/books

I like the way these Persimmons are displayed in an elegantly simple, typically rural, no nonsense way; yet they still manage to look stylish in a ‘spare‘ minimalist way. Congrats to the Nest team for their creativity in all their displays of books, giftware, teas and treats.

We have an informal arrangement with friends – anyone who is around on a Saturday morning can pop in for a coffee and a catch up chat between roughly 10.30 and 12.00. It works well as there’s no compulsion to go and you never know who will be there from one week to the next.  There’s always a spare seat available!

We are also involved in a weekly cycling group who meet at 9.30am on a Saturday morning for a ride around town,  always ending up at Nest for a coffee.  Once again no need to book in just show up at the meeting point if you’re up for a ride. I will admit to being too tired for the ride this morning but made it in for a delicious herbal tea and a chat.

Back to the Persimmons – I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually eaten a Persimmon but in researching them for this post I learnt some interesting facts and found some delicious recipes along with the following fun ways to use them.  The information below is from the Persimmons Australia web page.

Persimmons are very versatile in the kitchen and their unassuming sweetness marries brilliantly with flavours like smoked poultry, cured meats, cheese, nuts and bitter salad leaves. They also go very well in South-east Asian style salads, as the ‘sweet’ element, together with hot, sour and salty.

Fun ways with Persimmons
  • Wrap prosciutto around wedges of Persimmon and serve as an exciting and attractive finger food
  • Persimmon chunks can be added to curry for fruity flavour
  • Include thin slices of Persimmon as a feature on your next cheese platter for striking look and flavour
  • Add a Persimmon to school lunch boxes
  • Include Persimmons for a sweet and unique touch in fruit salads
  • For an special treat, try a Persimmon fruit crumble
  • Dip wedges of Persimmon into low fat yoghurt flavoured with honey and a little cinnamon as a healthy snack
  • Add slices of Persimmon on hot of cold cereal for a new take on breakfast
  • Persimmons are perfect with dairy desserts, whether fresh and crisp or as a pulp or puree

Have you any experience of using Persimmons you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear from you – feel free to leave me a comment below 🙂

This post is in response to this week’s photo challenge – Spare.  This week, get inspired by the many connotations of the word “spare” –  it can mean one too many, or sparse, or even to release something from harm.  

I’m sure the good folk at Nest would be happy to share their spare Persimmons with you!

Wishing you all a lovely relaxing week ahead.

Deb x



  One thought on “Spare: country style

  1. May 28, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Great pic. My mum used to absolutely love persimmons.

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    • May 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      I think they are one of those older fashioned fruits that are making a comeback. Thanks.

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  2. May 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. My Italian husband’s family love them too. You need the squishy ones, there are two types. They are beautiful scooped out and with vanilla ice cream, it is sort of like having runny and thick jam on top of the ice cream. It is yummy. A bit of an acquired taste …. but they must be squishy. So squishy you think they need to be thrown out. Trust me. 🙂

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    • May 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      That’s great to know Louise, I will definitely try that combination, sounds delicious. I thought they were tomatoes at first. I’ll trust you 🙂


  3. May 29, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Must be terrific…!

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  4. May 29, 2016 at 5:53 am

    They do look rustic, Deb. I’ve never actually heard of them myself, however.I like learning new things, so all’s good!

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    • May 29, 2016 at 7:50 am

      I’m with you Tom! I honestly thought they were tomatoes at first and actually rang the cafe to check before publishing my post. Learning new things is always good.


  5. May 29, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Some people are so clever. These look so lucious sitting all along on the shelves, what a nice idea to display them like this.

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    • May 29, 2016 at 7:48 am

      I agree Tina! They caught my eye with their simplicity.


  6. May 30, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Nice pic :-)…We’ve eaten a few although they aren’t that common here (you can get them at certain times of the year). One variety is also called Sharon Fruit.

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    • May 30, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Thanks! They seem to be a bit of an acquired taste and not that common.


  7. May 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    What a spectacular interpretation of ‘Spare’; I love it. You’ve earned my ‘Follow’.

    Have an amazing day! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 30, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you for your spectacular comment. I appreciate it and the follow. I’ll have to pop by your blog for a visit. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  8. May 30, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    This is great for Spare. Have you ended up trying one? What do they taste like? I don’t think I’ve had one either.

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    • May 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      No I haven’t yet but hope to soon. Thanks I liked the look of the display so I’m glad it worked out ok.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. June 5, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I love this fruits…even though they are not very common in my country.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 6, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Thanks for commenting. They seem to be gaining in popularity again.


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