Persimmon Ripeness - Knowledgebase Question

Culver City, CA
Question by rongayle
November 8, 1997
My persimmon tree has fruit that's bright orange but rock hard. Should I expect the fruit to fully ripen to a soft (edible) texture while it is still on the tree, or should I harvest the fruit based on it s color and then wait for it to ripen?


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Answer from NGA
November 8, 1997

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You've asked an excellent question because every fruit does have its own particular requirements for ripening. Persimmons do not ripen enough to be edible if they are left on the tree. If yours look mature, pick them and keep them at room temperature. They should be ripe in a few days. The cooler the temperature at which they are stored, the longer they take to ripen. Happy eating!

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