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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 18, 2012 9:46 PM CST

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The squirrels were taking a bite out of each persimmon, so I picked the nearly ripe ones to take home. Each day, a few more ripen. So good!

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Name: Marylyn
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Marylyn
Oct 19, 2012 11:15 AM CST
I've never had persimmons. I'm not sure I've even seen them before. Whistling What do you do with them?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 19, 2012 11:17 AM CST

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I'm also curious. Persimmons grow all around here but I've never eaten one.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 19, 2012 11:40 AM CST

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I love them when they're ripe and soft. I've never cooked with them, just eat them like a plum. When I have too many, I can wrap them in newspaper and leave them in a box in the cool garage. Take out a few soft ones and leave the rest. One year I forgot them and found a big mess in the leaking box. I've also frozen them. Even if they're not quite ripe, they are soft when they thaw.

If you try to eat a persimmon that's not ripe, it will pucker your lips and the inside of your mouth.




Sharon posted this recipe for persimmons on the Sandbox forum, Garden Bingo thread
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Name: Porkpal
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Oct 19, 2012 11:42 AM CST
To eat a persimmon wait until it is really ripe - until it feels like a water balloon. Then it will be wonderfully sweet.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 19, 2012 12:01 PM CST

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Here's one opened with a seed on the side. I usually don't find big seeds in them. (The seed was from another one).
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 19, 2012 2:22 PM CST
I think persimmons are delicious when ripe to eat as is, very yummy! Sticking tongue out I haven't had any in quite awhile. nodding
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Shannon
Oct 19, 2012 2:41 PM CST
I agree I Love them..Ummmm Hurray!
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 19, 2012 6:42 PM CST

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Margaret and Shannon, if you were closer, I'd send you some! I'm the only one in my family that likes them. I did find a recipe today that I might try. Anything with a can of condensed milk can't be all bad! Maybe I can tempt 'em to try it.
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Shannon
Oct 19, 2012 7:14 PM CST
Lovey dubby I would Love some. It's been years since I had one Sad I was the only one in my family
that liked them Big Grin
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Marylyn
Oct 19, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Did you put that picture in the database, Sandi?
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 19, 2012 8:02 PM CST

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No I didn't, Marylyn. DGS is here and we were playing water cannons! He's in bed, but not asleep.
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mcash70
Oct 19, 2012 8:05 PM CST
Thank you Sandi, wish we were closer, I would love some. Lovey dubby
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 21, 2012 6:36 AM CST

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I ate a persimmon yesterday! Taking Porkpal's advice, I chose one that was mushy like a water balloon. It was sweet and much like a plum. Definitely a good experience and I recommend it. The fruit wasn't one bit astringent.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Oct 21, 2012 7:18 AM CST
I saw them for sale at costco, I think ~$7.00 for 3 lb. Now those free ones would taste even better!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 21, 2012 9:02 AM CST

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Much better than wild persimmons ! We have a wild one on the side of the house. I made a point of getting some of the fruit before the squirrels this summer. Not so tasty. Thought I had photos of it, but can't find. Will look on my phone.

Glad you tried one, Dave. Have you tried pineapple guavas? 'Another addiction in the fall!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 21, 2012 11:40 AM CST

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I haven't, Sandi. I need to locate a source for that one!
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Oct 21, 2012 4:07 PM CST
I bought mine at a local garden store a few years ago. I was told that 2 are better for pollination. They have beautiful flowers in the spring, so you need to buy them before.the blooms.
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Bubbles
Oct 21, 2012 5:21 PM CST

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Did you buy two, Anna? I have one that's a tree. I love the blossoms in spring. I bought another one when I went to a swap in LA. I figured I'd like the fruit too. The little one is not happy where I planted it. I did get fruit off of the big one, but I'm not sure if it was because of the second one. I have a fellow gardener that tells me he gets fruit, and "he only has one". And I tell him he just might have a neighbor with the other one!
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canadanna
Oct 21, 2012 7:20 PM CST
I did get 2 but only one gets fruit, maybe b/c of the locations (one sunnier and gets more water than the other.) I was re watching a you tube of a guy in California that has one growing the size of his palm!. How big do yours get?

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