when do you pick persimmons?

deep___roots(ca9/sunset15)November 15, 2007

They are orange, but really really hard. Might that just be the variety? In any case, when do you pick them?

This is the first year the tree has produced more than a dozen fruit. There must be a hundred on there now. Thanks for the persimmon advice. We make persimmon bread with the fruit.

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gardenguru1950(SunsetZ16)

If you have the astringent types, such as 'Hachiya' that looks like an upside-down pear, you can pick them as soon as they turn deepest orange. They'll be hard but they ripen best off the tree. Once off the tree, allow them to turn almost-mushy soft to become edible-sweet without being astringent.

If you have the non-astringent type, such as 'Fuyu' that looks like a squat tomato, you pick it as soon as it's a nice color. It can be eaten while still firm. They will soften to mushy and can be used as the ones above but most people prefer to eat them firm in salads, etc..

Joe

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 2:54PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Generally I would agree with Joe, except if you have birds, squirrels and raccoons, you may have to forego the waiting until the deepest orange color, and pick them now. Squirrels in particular can be nasty, and bite into every persimmon well before they are sweet/soft enough to eat. They do ripen well off the tree, and here in the East Bay, they are already colored up enough to pick.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 5:53PM
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