Welcome to In Season, our series celebrating the juiciest fruit and crispest veggies in Texas. This fall, we asked local chefs to share stories about their favorite items of seasonal produce—and to create original recipes that make the most of autumn’s bounty.

Rob Arambula didn’t take notice of persimmons until he moved from San Antonio to Los Angeles in 2018.

“The first time I saw them, I was working at this restaurant in California,” he says. “They were super juicy and super sweet. The chef designed a fruit-and-vegetable course around the persimmons for a vegan person. I thought that was pretty cool.”

While there are numerous varieties of the fruit, the most common persimmons found in the United States are Hachiya and Fuyu, which are sweet and slightly tangy. But there is also the native Texas persimmon, which is smaller and black, instead of the more common orange. Many of the varieties grow well here, and the fruit can be eaten fresh off a tree or cooked into a dish such as a pudding or, in this case, a salad.

Since moving back to San Antonio in 2020, the chef de cuisine at New American restaurant Up Scale, located in the Southtown neighborhood, has taken an interest in cooking with persimmons.

“This fruit is very versatile,” he says. “You can do whatever you want with it. And last year, when I came to work at Up Scale, I happened to go to the Central Market here in November, and I found persimmons. I was like ‘All right, cool. I’ll get some and play with them.’ ”

And play he did. Arambula came up with original recipes using the fall produce—one being this showstopper of a salad, which he says will make its way to Up Scale’s menu once he has access to persimmons on a weekly basis.

Warm Persimmon Salad

Try the juicy fall produce in this elevated appetizer.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 2


For the base

  • 2 cups crème fraîche
  • 1 cup mascarpone, room temperature
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • salt, to taste

For the persimmons

  • cup water
  • 2 cups champagne vinegar
  • ¼ cup white soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp toasted or dried lavender
  • 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled and quartered

For assembly

  • ½ cup fresh mint
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds


For the base

  • Whip all ingredients together and set aside. 

For the persimmons

  • Bring everything (excluding persimmons) to a boil in a pot on the stove, then cool the liquid to room temperature. Soak the persimmons in the liquid in the fridge for up to 24 hours. 
  • Remove persimmons and liquid from the fridge and warm up in a pan. Pull the persimmons out of the marinating liquid and place in a bowl. Simmer the liquid until it reduces and thickens, then pour it over the persimmons. Set aside.

For assembly

  • Place crème fraîche base on plates. Top with persimmons and garnishes. 


Plan a day ahead based on how long you’d like to marinate the persimmons.