Fall Persimmons

Native Southeastern Persimmons

September is here, and that means that some of our native trees produce a very sweet fruit called “persimmons”. This is not the same as those that are native to Asia, although they are quite similar. The trees grow up to 60 feet high, and you need a pole with a hook, and maybe a tarp, to shake the fruit off the limbs and collect them up. Persimmons have a very short season, and if you get them before they are ripe they can be “cottony” and taste awful… but at the peak of the season, they are as sweet and tasty as the best dates or apricots you’ve ever had.

Traditionally they are made into a “pudding” which we’d call a cake nowadays. They are also good in jams, sauces, and over fresh beet salads.

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