These are local. Like really local, off of the tree that grows in my parents’ front yard. Don’t ask me how and where the tree came from, but my dad did grow it from a plant and it started bearing fruit maybe 4 years ago. There may even be another young persimmon tree growing on the side of the house that is still maturing, but I haven’t seen it. That’s the rumor anyway.
So have you ever had these? They are different than the smaller, more squat varieties that can be peeled and eaten like an apple. These have to be super ripe in order for it to be consumed and if you didn’t know that and tried to eat it, you may have been turned off persimmons forever because it leaves you with a fuzzy tongue and an unpleasant texture if it’s hard and unripe. But when it is soft, squishy and ripe, it’s the sweetest, most delicate tasting fruit ever. Just like eating jam.