Sunday, December 28, 2008

Persimmon eating

A delicacy from the southern states that my husband introduced me to is persimmon eating. Read more on the link from Wikipedia for background and trivia about this unusual fruit.They look like tomatoes but don't taste anything like that. They are very sweet if you wait to eat them till they are ripe=soft. Otherwise they are astringent or bitter.

When you buy them in the grocery store they are quite expensive probably about $1.50 each. We found a box of 14 persimmons on our trip to California back in late November for $8. They have been ripening since then in the garage. Now they are edible and so sweet without any added sugar. Here's some photos to show what they look like while eating. You cut them in half, then scoop out the inside with a spoon. Buy one and wait for a month before eating it.

9 comments:

aliannetee said...

I'll have to buy you all a huge box next year...a lady down the street sells them from her tree every fall.

Kay said...

Actually we prefer our persimmons crispy so we eat them before they get soft and it's still very, very sweet. Maybe it's a different variety from yours.

Brenda Leyland said...

Looks like a nice yummy treat!

Deborah Godin said...

I'm a fan of Japanese art and calligraphy, and you can often see persimmons illustrated there. I've wondered what they might taste like, but never ventured farther than that. Thanks for solving the mystery!

ramblingwoods said...

I have never eaten one..they look interesting though...

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for showing a way to eat this fruit, which is totally exotic to me. Looks yummy.

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

Robert...I mean Santa, gave me a bottle of Pomegranate limonade in my stocking...NOT nice.

mom/caryn said...

Persimmons are good... but the Asian Persimmons are food for the Gods. They're a little bit firmer when ripe. But, you don't want to attempt to eat the skins on them. Kinda like biting into a Rhino.

You can buy them at Costco.

dellgirl said...

Looks delicious. A family down the street has a tree in their yard.