persimmons

December 9, 2009 |  Category:   seasonal

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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.

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  • Michelle December 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I’ve never had these larger ones, but I LOVE the ‘squat’ ones. They are a delicacy in my mind…

  • Mary-Ellen December 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I love these kind, but they still leave a bit of the “hairy tongue” feel. It’s so worth it, though!!!

  • Tej December 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    In England they are more commonly known as ‘Sharon Fruit,’ very yummy but they do have a unique texture and taste. I envy you for having your very own supply.

  • Jenna December 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Mary-Ellen, if they are really truly ripe, they shouldn’t have the hair tongue effect. We let them ripen till they look almost spoiled. Maybe you are eating them not ripe enough?

  • Celestefrittata December 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    They are so yummy… here in Italy we call them “cachi” (pronounced ‘kaki’). The trees are incredibly decorative… especially in this period (a sort of ready decorated christmas tree). By the way… this is my first comment here (but I’m following your blog for so long!) and I have to say that I LOVE your photos, you’re the cutest family ever!

  • mixette December 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    There is a huge persimmon tree at the park where I walk my dogs. It isn’t really a park, but about 40 acres of an old homestead that is currently owned by the Texas Cemetery Commission. Someone must have planted that tree about 100 years ago and last year it was completely covered in fruit. I picked a huge bag, let them get really mushy-ripe, froze them, and then cut them in half and scooped out the fruit with a spoon like a sorbet.

    Sadly, this year there is no fruit. I’ll have to do a little research and see if this is normal – I know nothing about fruit trees…

  • Margarita December 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I have never had them because I always worried about eating new fruit when it’s not fresh… maybe one day!

  • Angela December 9, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    my mom always buys persimmons every fall. they are a staple fruit for us during this time of year. i have to say that the majority of them probably end up in my tummy!

  • Chai Ling December 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    We have these in Singapore, commonly known as ‘Sharon Persimmons’. Recently, we have alot important from Korea 🙂 Love them!

  • Chai Ling December 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    oppsss… i mean IMPORTED.

  • Neta December 9, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    One thing about them- allthough they have great health benefits, if eating too many they can cause problems for the digestive system, so it is recomanded to eat no more than 1 a day.
    enjoy!

  • Nina December 10, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I don’t eat this but your photos are amazing, it makes me want to have some persimons and actually eat it!

  • Lecia/A Day That is Dessert December 10, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Amazing that your Dad grew the tree! We love these; tried them for the first time this fall.

  • katrin December 10, 2009 at 8:10 am

    like your pictures, jenna! they are “delicious” 🙂

  • Ariel Shearman December 10, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I love persimmons too. Loved having them regularly when I was in Japan, and they also sold ones that were peeled and just slightly dried…very jammy! My first Korean friend is named Kam, and I thought it was so cool when she told me it means persimmon! And as someone mentioned, I love your photos as well as the scene of a persimmon tree with no leaves, just orange jewels hanging from the branches. Enjoy!

  • Anna Emilia December 10, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Looks very delicious. Like everything else here. Hello from Finland!

  • jennifer December 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I’m hooked on persimmons and plain yogurt drizzled with agave nectar and topped with sliced almonds. mmmm.

  • Marie November 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Wish we could grow them in Hawaii. They are delicious!

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