It’s raining giant fuyu persimmons! and we need some serious help to consume all these clusters of sweet fruit. So it’s the perfect time to make persimmon fool pudding.

Persimmon Fool Pudding Recipe in bowl
Giant Fuyu Persimmon Tree Variety and Fruit Photos |

Persimmon Fool Pudding Recipe

Our garden mad stashes come at various times throughout the growing season and that means a combination of preserving, canning and giving away garden goodies to friends, neighbors and the mailman. When certain fruits like plums, tomatoes and persimmons start to ripen, it’s like an all out assault of ripe fruit. There’s just no way to eat it all ourselves.

Giant Fuyu Persimmon Tree Variety and Fruit Photos |

This is our best year ever for persimmons and finally, this tree has found it’s sweet spot in the ground. For the last few years, all the flowers and fruit would fall before anything could mature and we were moaning at the fact that if we were lucky, we’d have 5 persimmons left to ripen and eat.

Last year we finally figured it out, stopped planting our summer herbs directly in the ground above the persimmon’s roots, and we began planting them in pots with the persimmon’s roots covered with landscape fabric and river rock. All the pots have drip lines watering them, giving everything slow, regular water. The persimmon was happy. Last year the fruit held well, giving us a nice little harvest.

Giant Fuyu Persimmon Tree Variety and Fruit Photos |

However, this year it appears as though the persimmon tree roots found a secret cache of nutrients because we’re now overloaded with more fruit than we can ever imagine. Even with most of the branches supported with stakes to help hold all of the weight, we still had a son-of-a-bitch moment when one of our main branches snapped under the weight of the orange orbs. Now comes the planning of what to do with it all.

Simple Fresh Fruit Pudding

One of the easiest desserts for our persimmons is to make a Persimmon Fool pudding.  What’s  a persimmon fool?  it is a fruit puree folded with whipped cream.  Simple and delicious.

Persimmon Fool Pudding Recipe |

Although it easy to think the name “fool” comes from these dessert being so easy to make that even a fool could make them.  Mr. T has no need to feel pity, ’cause even the fool can make a fool.  But the name actually come from the french verb fouler meaning to press or crush (referring to the fruit being crushed or pureed).

As is our habit, we make this persimmon fool pudding dessert with adults in mind, adding a noticeable amount of alcohol to the persimmon puree. If that’s not your thing or aren’t ready to corrupt your kids, feel free to leave it out and add a touch of vanilla extract.

Happy fall feasting and hope you enjoy this persimmon fool pudding

-Todd and Diane

Sierra protecting the persimmons from possums

persimmon fool pudding recipe

Persimmon Fool w/ Dark Rum

Adjust the persimmon puree to whipped cream ratio to fit your preference. We personally prefer a 2:1 persimmon puree:whipped cream ratio (especially with so many persimmons to eat up), but many like an even 1:1 ratio.  Choose for yourself what you like the best. The persimmons should be super ripe and soft.  Adjust the sugar amount to sweeten appropriately, as different varieties and when the persimmons are picked will vary their sweetness level.
If you want to leave out the rum, you could substitute 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract (word of caution-many vanilla extracts will be made with alcohol).
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  • 1 cup (235ml) Persimmon Puree
  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) Dark Rum
  • pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream *see note below for making homemade whipped cream


  • Combine persimmon puree, sugar, dark rum and sea salt in a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Layer the persimmon puree and whipped cream in serving bowls and stir to mix. Put in fridge to chill until ready to serve.


Persimmon puree is the flesh of ripe, soft persimmons (no skin) which has been blended smooth. 
Homemade Whipped Cream: Making homemade whipped cream is super easy and worth the few minutes. Recipe below makes about 1 cup of whipped cream (make sure to use heavy whipping cream (not half and half).
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 Tablespoon (8ml) powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) vanilla extract
Combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixer bowl. Whip until it reaches the soft peak stage. If using an electric mixer, whip until nearly the thickness you like, then finish by hand. It will go from just right to over-whipped fairly quickly. 

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 370kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 415mg, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 206IU, Vitamin C: 78mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 3mg

If you like pudding try this creamy rice pudding with butterscotch.