I honestly cannot remember ever trying a persimmon before I got to Ukraine. Of course they are not native to Eastern Europe, but they can be found at virtually every outdoor produce market in Kyiv.
At perfect ripeness, persimmons are much like tomatoes: firm, but with a bit of give. One of the great things about persimmons is that they have neither the slimy seeds of tomatoes nor the fibrous pits of mangos. They are smooth, sweet and so refreshing!
4 vine ripened tomatoes
1/2 cup chickpeas
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp. chopped red onion
1 tsp. salt
juice from 1/2 lemon
hot sauce to taste
Peel and dice the persimmon (I eat the skin, but don’t particularly like it in the salsa).
Roughly dice the tomatoes.
Finely chop the garlic.
Combine all ingredients and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Serve plain as a salad, or with your favorite salsa accompaniment (pictured above over hearty brown rice).