These Southern Persimmon Desserts Are As Classic As It Gets

Persimmon trees have been growing wild and thriving throughout the South for ages, especially in places that see cool weather come fall (like North Carolina), which allows these bright-orange, plump, squishy fruits to develop a uniquely mild, honey-like sweetness. Persimmon season typically runs from late October through February, which is perhaps why the winter fruit pairs so well with spiced dessert recipes that belong beside your apple pie and pumpkin Bundt.

Persimmon recipes have been included in Southern community cookbooks and family recipe boxes for generations, but many have forgotten their delicious draw. We've got the top three essential Southern persimmon desserts to get you started, so time to tuck into a newfound, old-fashioned treat. Will that be cake, pie, or pudding?