How to Make a Sweet Southern Persimmon Pie

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Sweet Southern Persimmon Pie on a copper baking sheet

This persimmon pie recipe will be a new fall favorite for your family!

three southern persimmons sitting in the grass

One of my fondest childhood memories is walking the fencerow with my parents and my grandmother in the fall to pick persimmons. Picking this sweet fruit was a treat that I looked forward to each and every year. Making a southern persimmon pie or some persimmon pudding would have been fun, but we always ate them all before we could make it back to the house.A couple of weeks ago my husband found a few persimmon trees in the “picnic spot” on our new farm. I was so excited to have the opportunity to recreate some of my childhood memories with my own children!

Kids sitting in a tractor bucket with persimmons that they just picked.

We decided to go on our first persimmon picking adventure last Sunday after church. The deer had already snagged most of the fruit that had fallen to the ground and the branches loaded with ripe fruit were higher than we could reach on foot. Gathering no persimmons wasn’t an option so I went up in the tractor bucket to harvest. *Now don’t worry, we took precautions and I wasn’t high enough to cause any concern. I just needed a little boost.* The kids stayed on the ground with a bucket as I tossed the persimmons down to them. We left the picnic spot with a bucket full of sweet fruit and sweet memories. Since we were able to summon up a little self-control, we had enough persimmons left the next day to make my sweet Southern Persimmon Pie recipe.

Persimmon pie favors pumpkin pie in texture and spices, but it has its own distinct floral fruity flavor.  You can make your own persimmon pie with locally harvested persimmons or, if you don’t have any trees nearby, store-bought whole persimmons or persimmon pulp.

Gathering Southern Persimmons in Fall

If you are gathering local persimmons, make sure that you pick them when they are ripe. You will typically find the most ripe fruit after the first hard frost, but you can find some (maybe enough for this pie) a couple of weeks before the frost. Look for persimmons that are soft and almost jelly like. These will be the sweetest. If you pick them before they are soft enough, you can leave them on your countertop to ripen.

If you need to purchase persimmons, you can look at your local grocery store or grab these Fuyu persimmons on Amazon. It is easier to find Fuyu persimmons in the store than southern persimmons. Fuyu persimmons are a little larger, but the taste should be very similar.

Three southern persimmons

Sweet Southern Persimmon Pie Recipe

Southern Persimmon Pie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup persimmon pulp
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar or local honey
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pie crust (I use this homemade recipe)

Persimmon Pie Directions:

STEP 1. Gather your ingredients, tools, and equipment.

You will need a spoon, a sharp knife, a mixing bowl, a whisk, and a blender or food processor.

STEP 2. Prepare your crust.

If you use a store-bought crust, be sure that it is thawed out and ready for baking. If you make your own homemade pie crust, have it made and pressed into your pie pan or cast iron skillet before starting on the pie filling.

STEP 3. Preheat oven and prep persimmons.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wash the persimmons well and cut the stems off with a sharp knife. Use a spoon to separate the skin from the pulp and then squeeze the pulp out using your thumb and forefinger. 

Scooping the inside out of a persimmon with a spoon
Squeezing the inside of a persimmon out

STEP 4. Combine and blend the pulp & the ingredients.

Remove the seeds and place the pulp into a blender or food processor. Add 1/2 cup of milk to the pulp to help it blend.

Move the pureed pulp to a mixing bowl and add the spices and sugar. Mix until all of these ingredients are combined thoroughly. Whisk in one egg at a time and then whisk in the heavy whipping cream. Add the entire mixture back into the blender or food processor to puree once more. This ensures that you will have a silky smooth filling for your sweet southern persimmon pie. 

STEP 5. Add persimmon mixture to the crust.

Slowly pour your pureed persimmon mixture into the prepared pie crust.

Sweet Southern Persimmon Pie uncooked on a copper baking sheet

STEP 6. Bake, Cool, and Enjoy!

Bake the persimmon pie for 30 minutes or until set (not sloppy wet, just a little jiggly). Let it cool completely (I suggest leaving it overnight) and then slice it up and serve topped with whipped cream. 

Slice of persimmon pie with whipped cream on top

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Coconut

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Sweet Southern Persimmon Pie

Course Dessert


  • 1 cup persimmon pulp
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar or local honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pie crust


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel and seed the persimmons. Add the pulp to a food processor or blender.
  • Puree the pulp with 1/2 cup of milk.
  • Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in with the pureed pulp.
  • Whisk the eggs in one at a time.
  • Whisk in the heavy whipping cream.
  • Puree the entire mixture in the blender or food processor to ensure a smooth texture.
  • Pour the filling into the pie crust.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until set- just a little jiggly in the middle.
  • Allow the pie to cool completely.
  • Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
Keyword Dessert, Persimmon, Pie, Southern, Sweet

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  1. I stumbled on this…! Ha! I grew up with persimmons on an old tobacco -and-beef farm in Virginia! Never could eat them without my face turning inside out…they’d start out sweet and floral, then the tannin flavor would catch up to me! I loved those old trees!

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