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The persimmon is the underappreciated middle child of winter produce. Whether you pick a varietal that’s crisp and tart or sweet and juicy, the bright flavor is a welcome addition to any cold-weather dish. Here are 16 recipes to get you started.

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Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

Easy on the eyes and the taste buds.

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Roasted Persimmon Pinwheels

The cool younger cousin of the apple Danish.

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Herbed Kale Salad with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Maple-Cumin Dressing

Maple-cumin dressing? Sign us up.

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Roast Pork Loin with Caramelized Persimmons and Onions

Take a leaf out of Aida Mollenkamp’s book and roast the fruit to sweet oblivion.

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Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Fennel

We love Coterie member Liz Harris’s take on the brunch favorite.

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Spiced Persimmon Bourbon Old-Fashioned

The cure for a cold winter night.

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Smoothie Bowl with Persimmons and Pears

Mid-morning crash? Not with this breakfast.

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Persimmon Caprese Salad

Leave it to Gaby Dalkin to put a cozy twist on a summer classic.

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Frosted Spiced Persimmon Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts

They’re even gluten-free (not that you’d miss it).

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Pomegranate and Persimmon Winter Sangria

Holiday cocktail? Handled.

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Charred Brussels Sprouts with a Crispy Chicken Skin Vinaigrette

Don’t be fooled by the name—the crisp persimmons balance the rich dressing.

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Upside Down Persimmon Cake with Maple Syrup and Walnuts

Moist, sweet and delicately spiced (as all cakes should be).

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Persimmon Pepita Streusel Overnight Oats

This has “snow-day breakfast” written all over it.

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Harvest Cranberry, Persimmon and Burrata Salad

Who are we to turn down cheese?

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Brûléed Persimmon Tarts with Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese

…And a graham oat crust to finish it all off.

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Winter Cheese Board

This speaks to us on a spiritual level.

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