Walnut Caramelized Orange Peel Stuffed Persimmon
Author: Urban Paleo Chef
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 90 mins
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
Ripe persimmons, hollowed out and stuffed with slow-cooked, caramelized orange peel and walnuts. It's every bit as good as it sounds!
  • 4-6 Ripe Persimmons
  • 2 large Organic Naval Oranges, peeled and diced
  • Peels from 2 large Organic Naval Oranges, diced
  • 1 cup Walnut Pieces (if whole, break them up a bit before using)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Peel the oranges, and dice the orange peels fully.
  2. Add the orange peels and coconut oil to a pan and cook on medium-low, covered. Stir regularly; at least once every 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully section and slice the oranges, losing as little juice as possible, and add them to the pot.
  4. While the orange peels are cooking away, carefully slice off the top of the persimmons and scoop the fruit out from inside, adding that to the orange peel pot (you can taste a little as well...).
  5. After 60 minutes of cook time, add the walnuts.
  6. At this point, the mixture should be thick and dark, and completely mixed. There should be an occasional orange peel that sticks out with browning on it, indicating that it is nicely caramelized.
  7. About 15 minutes before stuffing the persimmons add the vanilla and spices.
- A much longer cook time is possible, and even desirable. This will be delicious if you can take the time and effort to cook it on a slightly lower temperature and for as much as 2-3 hours; the longer the orange peel is on the heat, the more the citric acid will break down, allowing for a more full and enjoyable experience with both the flavor of the orange peel, and the texture of the stuffing. Longer cook times will result in the stuffing tasting complex, and even can be experienced as slightly more sweet.
- To shorten cook time, it is possible to cook on a higher temperature if you add water and let it boil off. This will not give the same sort of complex, caramelized flavor as a longer cooler cook time, but will allow for a more condensed time frame. If you're going to shorten the cook time, you may want to add some sweetener (like raw honey) in order to help reduce the impact of the not fully broken down citric acid.
- Make certain to continue to stir regularly, regardless of the temperature and cook time.
Recipe by Urban Paleo Chef at https://urbanpaleochef.com/2014/01/06/walnut-caramelized-orange-peel-stuffed-persimmon/