I have seen a lot of persimmon or “lotos” fruits everywhere. They are in season in Cyprus at the moment, and most people seem to just enjoy them as any other fruit – plain and simple. I never ventured into the world of persimmons as I have always been content with my citrus fruits this time of the year in Cyprus. Citrus fruits in Cyprus this time of the year are the best I have ever had – not a bit of bitterness or sourness. Exactly the way you imagine citrus fruits to taste.
Persimmons always appear around this time of the year, and for the longest time I thought they were merely decorative or enjoyed as a delicacy. In fact a variety of lotus fruits was known to the ancient Greeks as “the fruit of the gods”. So it’s no surprise that I had some degree of curiosity in trying these fruits. The first time I tried a lotus fruit was right from the tree, towards the end of the season when all the fruits were very ripe. I was intrigued by the taste – very sweet. It reminded me of mango and date a little bit, but maybe that’s just my taste buds. I went to the store the other day and saw some sad and lonely looking persimmons.
They were in the discounted fruit pile. Where fruits who are no longer “perfect” get stored. The little sale signs almost begging customers to take a look. Well, I knew that you had to be a bit careful with one type of persimmon – in that they have to be ripe to be enjoyed. So this little already-ripe fruit pile of persimmons suited me just fine.
I was planning to make a smoothie for breakfast for me and some friends, and this meant I got to try persimmon and not worry about whether they were ripe or not. Once I started making the smoothie, I thought about what ingredients to add. I first blended the fruits and tasted it to see what needed to be added. And, in fact, nothing needed to be added. Really. The smoothie was great with just the fruit ingredients, making this one healthy and easy to make smoothie. So next time someone asks you to make them something special, tell them you will treat them to a smoothie made from “fruit of the gods”. It is sure not to disappoint, and definitely something appropriate from Afrodite’s Kitchen.
1 medium ripe banana
1 small frozen ripe banana (For less banana flavour, substitute with 2 ice cubes)
200ml organic coconut milk
3 medium ice cubes
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon and/or 1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
1. Peel and chop the fruits. Add chopped fruits, coconut milk, and milk to the blender. Pulse a few times until the mixture becomes smooth. Add ice cubes (and cinnamon and ground ginger – optional) pulse once to roughly chop the same.