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A December Recipe: Macedonia in a Persimmon Cup

Date: December 4, 2018 - categories: , , , - Leave your thoughts

We usually enjoy la macedonia (“fruit cup”) in summertime when peaches and other summer fruits are in abundance. But kiwis in abundance recently inspired a winter macedonia.  Anna Maria came to visit the other day bearing gifts: the first poinsettia of the season – and a Christmasy-red wicker basket full of persimmons from her family home in Latina (south of Rome)

Pino I had recently purchased lemons and oranges from un siciliano  from Catania who drives up to Umbria every week with  his own citrus fruits – picked just two days prior – which he sells  by the crate (only)  off his truck parked near Assisi.  Tantalizingly juicy oranges –  and the perfume of the lemons’ peels is simply heavenly.

Our family has enjoyed the buonissima fruit this week and just a few  oranges and lemons are left.  They seemed to beg to be united with the kiwis in a macedonia. And we had organic apples and a banana to join.

Carla – from Switzerland –  set to work today to cut the fruits for this Italian winter dessert.

First step: squeezing the juice of two lemons into a bowl and then Carla diced the oranges:

The diced apples joined the oranges next, with seeds and cores discarded into the white plastic bucket for the chickens (the goats would win the orange peels):

Diced kiwi soon joined the apples and Anna Maria’s family cultivates both the yellow variety (Jinyang) and the green (Boerica):

Bananas, logicamente, joined in last to avoid the darkening of the fruit.

Grazie mille, Carla, che macedonia squisita!

Pino, Carla and I enjoyed our macedonia after our lunch.   I later noted that the one cup of the fruit left  was sitting next to one of the last of Nando’s persimmons.

Why not? I carved out the center of the ripe persimmon, adding the persimmon pulp to the cup of  fruit.   I then filled the persimmon with the fruit.

…..and from now on, our winter macedonia will become a  “persimmon cup.”  (When we have persimmons……rivaling Nando’s).

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