Persimmon Jam is an easy and delicious way to enjoy the sweet and fruity flavor of persimmons. This recipe is perfect for topping your favorite toast or oatmeal, or even as a filling in pies and other desserts.
Start by washing the persimmons and cutting off both stems, then peel the skin from each one before chopping them into small pieces.
In a heavy-bottomed pot, mash the persimmons using a potato masher.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir gently except for the sugar which goes in later.
Over medium heat, bring to a simmer stirring occasionally until the mixture softens – about 15 minutes.
Increase the heat slightly so that it boils before reducing to low-medium heat for another 15 minutes while stirring every few minutes to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot.
Finally turn off the heat after adding in the cup of sugar, stirring constantly until it has completely dissolved.
Allow the jam to cool completely before transferring it to a glass jar or other container for storage in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks - or alternatively spoon it into hot sterilized jars and seal it immediately to store it safely unrefrigerated for up to 12 months.
You can test for doneness by dropping a spoonful on a plate that has been cooled in the refrigerator or freezer--if it firms up like jam when cool, you're done!
For an extra delicious and fruity flavor, you can use honey instead of sugar in your persimmon jam recipe.