How to break down a Fuyu persimmon

This is what we did to break down the fruit before making a jam-like sauce for our Persimmon Thumbprint Cookies. (If your neighbor doesn't have a tree, we've seen them at Costco this time of year.) Check on YouTube if you need further information. That's where we learned how!

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1. Ripe fruit is mostly orange and cracks around the top stem base, similar to a tomato. Mine sat on the counter for a week after being picked.
2. Turn the fruit stem-side down and cut through the middle with a sharp knife until just before the leaf stem.
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3. Pull the persimmon open with your hands and pull back the stem and a bit of the core, much like hulling a strawberry.
4. Quarter the fruit and peel the skin off with a paring knife or vegetable peeler.
5. Cut the fruit into a medium dice.
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