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    Cinnamon Persimmon Tea

    So what are your plans this halloween? I fancied being Maleficent this year, but a visit to the chaotic aisles at the department stores left me besieged and a bit out of luck.

    I used to think of the Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty as being scary and dark, but in recent years, I have come to view it as a fascinating piece of art and rather perspicacious in so many ways. My favorite is the movie Maleficent that portrays the story from the perspective of the antagonist, depicting her conflicted relationship with the princess Aurora, and the king of a corrupt kingdom.

    Maleficent’s spell in the form of an enchanting cinnamon tea with persimmon and pine nuts is the perfect warm treat for reigning in another year of Halloween fun. This recipe is simple to make, absolutely delicious, and a naturally refreshing alternative when you need something a little fancier than water, but still want to keep it nutritious. Persimmons are a delicious and exotic fruit with a wealth of health benefits packed inside them.

    You can dress your tea in ghoulish cups or keep it simple and use a regular cup. It’s possible the lighter cups could be more in line with Aurora…..yes? Thanks for keeping up with this tale of imagination.

    If you like this recipe, please leave a comment below or tag a photo #louise.millen on instagram. Stay safe this Halloween and make tea your brew of choice!


    Prep Time        Cook Time        Total Time 

     5 mins                                10 mins                             15 mins


    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 4 cups water
    • 1 medium persimmon
    • 2-3 tablespoon pine nuts
    • optional: sweeten with sugar or honey

    (Serves:  3-4 cups)


    • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once hot, turn off and let it sit for 5 minutes.
    • Wash the persimmon and cut it in 4-6 large slices.
    • To serve, pour tea into cup and top with pine nuts and a slice of persimmon. The persimmon is usually the last thing I have after finishing my tea.  It is warm, slightly crisp, and tasty.