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Persimmons

Discussion in 'The Homestead Kitchen - Recipes Etc' started by CrealCritter, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Sep 16, 2019
    CrealCritter

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    What to do with persimmons? Ferment them?
     
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    EAT THEM!!! Some of the more astringent ones are better after a frost. I've been known to freeze them.
     
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    make bread. It makes a beautiful color and a wonderful flavor bread. Wish I had some right now
     
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    CrealCritter

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    So freeze them first in the deep freeze? How long, a couple of days?
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I do know there are basically two kinds growing in the US both wild and domestic.
    Domesticated persimmons are favored for food. They can reach 4 inches or more in diameter. They have 4 woody calyx lobes at the base, are quite astringent as FEM mentioned, until ripening around October. Then are very sweet and juicy. They ripen to an orange to orange-purple (the domestics turn almost red) and persist on the trees until absolutely ripe, which may not occur until early winter or after the first freeze. After ripening, the fruit drop or can be shaken from the tree.

     
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    I probably let mine go about a week....but never really keep a true schedule. I generally put 'em in one weekend and start using 'em by the next weekend. It's been quite a few years since I had a good haul. One of the neighbors used to grow them commercially - but he passed and the property has been sold.
     
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    I don't think I've ever tasted a persimmon. One of the disadvantages of living in snow country.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    When ripe they are like a sweet tooth fix.
     
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    I have never tasted domestic persimmons so I really do not know if they taste different. The domestic when I do see them in the
    store are expensive. Have you ever had a Paw Paw?
     
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    Yes I have a few paw paw trees on my property.
     

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