Persimmon Banana Bread

What is a persimmon and how do you eat one?  Persimmons are bright red-yellow, glossy, and plump with their leaf still attached. Persimmon tastes like mango or apricot.  Though originally from Asia, they are grown in the United States and are in season in the fall.  They can be peeled and eaten as a snack, added to salads, and are delicious in cookies, cakes, or muffins.  This is my recipe for Persimmon Banana Bread.  Enjoy!

Persimmon Banana Bread

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Persimmon Banana Bread


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cups butter
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 2 persimmons, peeled, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • Sprinkle a little cinnamon into the mix


  1. Mix flour with soda and salt.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, mix thoroughly.
  4. Add mashed bananas and persimmons to flour mixture.
  5. Add all to creamed mixture and mix well. Add nuts.
  6. Pour into well greased loaf pans.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until done.
  8. Remove from oven and let stand in pans awhile.
  9. Remove from pans and cool completely.


I usually use two small loaf pans and make two loaves. I either freeze one loaf or give it away. . .the other one gets eaten!


  1. Someone gave me 2 mushy persimmon and I had 2 overripe bananas left so tried out this recipe and it was the best banana bread I’ve ever made. The persimmon didn’t have any strong flavor but gave the bread a lot of moisture and sweetness.

  2. malina mcginley

    we moved to a new home 6mo. ago… this month I’ve discovered what I believe are 2 persimmon trees. one of each (large, tomato looking and smaller oblong acorn looking).. I . find them kinda slimy when very ripe and almost astringent, rubbing alcohol, poison type when not ripe. last 2 weeks I’ve been trying to find what to do with them bc it’s a shame to have them all on the ground rotten. can anyone help? I was thinking banana bread… but I’m very apprehensive. please help!! Thanks!

  3. Vila Schwindt

    I can’t find out if this is for sea level or some altitude. Do you have any advice for your baking recipes?

  4. Keith Anderson

    I live in China, and Persimmon’s are really common here. I would say they have the texture and feel of a tomato, but the taste of a mango; they are very sweet and juicy. I do eat them raw as a snack.

  5. I got a couple of persimmons in 1 of the baskets and to me the taste and texture is sort of cantaloupe or mango like, my family did not like eating them out of hand but loved them in a slightly sweet quickb bread. I have seen the Italian extra twice now, so I could easily miss what will be in next time, but going by those, think fresh herbs, eggplant, tomatoes. Hope all that helped.

  6. Don’t forget to remove the pits from the persimmons! I made this once when I was younger and the recipe did not tell me about the pits. Grandma got a nasty surprise when she tried to eat it. Too bad, because except for the pits, this makes a great pudding or bread.

  7. Sandra Webb

    Hello, I was hoping that you would give your opinion on Persimmons. How would you describe their flavor? Do you think that kids/adults would enjoy eating them as a snack ( like you would an apple or orange) Also, I can’t find the description of what the Veggie Lovers – Italian Theme extra might contain. Do you have any idea? Thank you for your blog. Thank you for any information or opinion that you may give me.. Have a great day!
    Sandra Webb

  8. Sandra Webb

    I have found conflicting reports on the flavor of the Persimmons. In your opinion , would children enjoy eating this as a snack? ( like an apple or orange) Also, do you know what is included in the Veggie Lovers – Italian Theme

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