If you have a persimmon tree (or at least a bunch of persimmons), how about drying them the traditional Japanese way, by skinning and hanging to air-dry? They turn into jam-like dates. It's called Hoshigaki, and it's fun AND delicious.
Matthew Biancaniello is well known in Los Angeles for his seasonal cocktails. This Thanksgiving, he has come to our rescue with a farmers market infusion of Hachiya persimmons and Dolin Blanc vermouth.
This winter salsa marries the slight sweetness of firm fleshed Fuyu persimmons with the savory goodness of garlic, a little heat from a spot of ginger, and a pop of acid from Meyer lemon. Surprisingly good.