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Got one in my fruit tree shipment this spring by mistake. Grew pretty good. Just outside the normal grow zone for this persimmon. Will see if I can coax it along here in northeast PA. Will find out in the spring. Anxious to see. Will watch to learn more about persimmons as I am not familiar with them at all. Thanks for the info.
Growing up the family across the street from me had a persimmon tree. I remember eating them as kids and thinking they were so bitter but w r really didn’t know if they were even ripe. So many of the wild plants, trees, and bushes were loaded with fruits; what a great time!
@EarlKelly There's a recent discussion (thread) on persimmons you might find interesting. Just search Persimmons.
We have tons of wild persimmons here in NC! I only harvest after the first frost, so they won't be bitter. They are so, very good! I have persimmon jam and even old persimmon wine recipes, but I usually eat them out of hand. You have to get all the little specs out or they become super bitter again when cooked. So, now I am scouting trees to harvest - they are really full this year, which is a sign of a hard winter to come. Finding the trees serves a dual purpose, as the fruit attracts a lot of game for hunting. I keep a mental map of all persimmon, apple and hickory nut trees in the areas where I can hunt!
Wild persimmons grew all over southern Missouri, where I grew up. Mom likes them better than I do. The winters get pretty cold there, and you had to wait until a hard frost to harvest them. Mom generally didn't cook with them, but would harvest a bag to eat.
The best bread/cake I ever made was with native persimmons and black walnuts. They are delicious.
@merlin44 finally got a chance to check out the thread on persimmons. Thanks for the info.
@EarlKelly I love any food that falls from the sky like persimmons do. LOL
@VickiP Can you share the recipe?
@merlin44 It was a zucchini bread recipe I just used persimmon pulp instead of zucchini and added black walnuts. I don't have the exact recipe now but I would think any banana or zucchini bread recipe would work. It is a wonderful combination. I no longer eat bread or cake so no joy for me, I might make some for my husband though.