How to Eat Persimmon Seeds

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How to Eat Persimmon Seeds
Persimmon seeds can be roasted like pumpkin seeds. (Jonathan Kantor/Lifesize/Getty Images)

For hundreds of years, the common persimmon, or Diospyros virginiana L., has been used as a food source. Native Americans ate the ripe fruit right off the tree, or dried it, or made breads, jams, and jellies with it. They also made a beer-like drink from it, and roasted the seeds for flour. During the Civil War, persimmon seeds were dried, roasted, and ground into a coffee substitute, and the leaves were used for tea. During hard times, the persimmon has been used as a survival food.

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Things you need

  • Oven
  • Oven glove
  • 3 cups persimmon seeds
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Spatula
  • 3 teaspoons melted butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • Food mill
  • Paper towels
  • Mixing bowl

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  1. 1

    Choose persimmons that are orange-red to dark brown in colour. Run the fruit through a food mill to remove seeds.

    How to Eat Persimmon Seeds
    Ripe persimmons are orange-red to dark brown in colour. (persimmon tree in snow image by kelly marken from
  2. 2

    Wash the persimmon seeds, and remove any pulp that may remain. Place them on paper towels to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Roasting persimmon seeds is similar to roasting pumpkin seeds. Place the seeds on a baking tray, and mix with oil or butter and your choice of seasonings. Roast the seeds for 30 minutes at 149 degrees Celsius, stirring them every 10 minutes.

  4. 4

    Remove the seeds from the oven, and let them cool. You can eat them right away, or place them in a glass jar for storage.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure only ripe persimmons are used.

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