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Another bite of the persimmon

The persimmons for sale in the fruit and veg shop yesterday were of 2 sorts: apple persimmons which I believe are the sort I once tried eating and found too gelatinous, and vanilla persimmons which resemble the ones on our little tree.

Cut persimmon with resident ladybird

The information on the internet about vanilla persimmons is very complimentary: their flavour is sweet and delicate, and their consistency is crunchy.

A vanilla persimmon doesn’t need to be gooey to be ripe.

I was inspired to try tasting one again, so I picked one from our tree and cut a slice off.

It’s a beautiful colour inside, and a very attractive firm, smooth texture.

Then I nibbled a tiny bit off the slice. It was so astringent as to be quite inedible.

It would seem that our persimmons are primarily ornamental.

The ladybird that had hitched a ride kept walking round and round the cut rim, so I took it outside and put it on a rosebush.

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  1. Andrew F
    January 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    From what I can tell, there are some interesting doppelgänger persimmons out there. The common hachiya persimmon is super astringent when not ripe (as in very, very soft), and looks almost identical to the rarer ‘vanilla persimmon’, which is sweet when still crunchy. The persimmons that grow on your tree are probably the hachiya variety!

    • January 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you very much for the information! I wish we did have vanilla persimmons – maybe I should buy one to taste the difference. By the time our hachiya persimmons are ripe, I have a feeling their consistency might rule them out for me.

  2. Kayla
    January 30, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Dipping astringent persimmon in alcohol is a good way to remove some of the astringency and render them edible!

    • January 31, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you for that tip!

  3. Shirley
    December 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Where can you buy vanilla persimmons?

    • December 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      In supermarkets and greengrocers here. Where are you, exactly?

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