Scooped: Persimmon and Honey Ice Cream

Scooped: Persimmon and Honey Ice Cream
Persimmons, clearly golden. Jewish and Chinese holidays, despite some obvious differences, actually have many important features in common. Nothing puts a Jew at ease like a holiday characterized by ancient traditions, delicious foods that represent those traditions, and the widespread exchange of cash. As good Jews, Max and I decided this week to honor Chinese New Years with an ice cream recipe that pays homage to the tradition of using gold-colored ingredients for a rich year. Golden persimmons, golden honey, golden yolks, a touch of golden ginger; you get the picture. The resulting ice cream is smooth and lush, with a hint of honey-and-ginger spice. Chinese desserts are often unfairly maligned for their lack of sweetness, but I appreciate a Cantonese chef's light touch with the sugar. After a complex, multi-course Chinese New Years meal (don't all Jewish families have those?), a subtle, mild dessert is exactly what the (Jewish) doctor ordered. It's even more delicious topped with a ladleful of warm, sweet red bean soup, cooked with orange peel. The more of this ice cream I eat, the more strongly I support further integration of Chinese and Jewish holiday traditions. Lion dancers at the Seder, anyone? About the authors: Ethan Frisch is the chef and co-mastermind behind Guerrilla Ice Cream. He's traveled around the world (30 countries, 5 continents) and worked as a pastry chef and line cook in some of NYC's great (and not so great) restaurants. He currently lives in London, where he really misses New York City tap water. Max Falkowitz writes Serious Eats' weekly Spice Hunting column. He's a proud native of Queens, New York, will do just about anything for a good cup of tea, and enjoys long walks down the aisles of Chinese groceries.


, to 6 ripe persimmons, depending on size, heavy cream, whole milk, egg yolks, sugar, honey, to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, grated or minced ginger


Calories per serving:

266 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 19g 29%
  • Carbs 24g 8%
  • Saturated 11g 57%
  • Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 19g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 3g 6%
  • Cholesterol 89mg 30%
  • Sodium 38mg 2%
  • Calcium 89mg 9%
  • Magnesium 8mg 2%
  • Potassium 156mg 4%
  • Iron 1mg 3%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 79mg 11%
  • Vitamin A 213µg 24%
  • Vitamin C 12mg 19%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 2%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 8%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 5%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 2%
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