Remember last spring I posted these pictures of persimmon blossoms:
Well those little green flowers have turned into this:
A local farmer was telling me that pumpkins don’t grow in Texas. (So Texans, if you’re taking your children to pumpkin patches… all those pumpkins have been shipped in from somewhere else!) I guess God knows that everyone should have an orange crop in the fall. It’s just so… autumn! So He gave Texas persimmons! Aren’t they pretty!
I grew up in small-town Ontario (Canada!), so the first time somebody presented me with one of these beautiful little orange fruits, I bit right into it … and had a big disappointment! Wow! Can they be astringent! They have this way of sucking all the moisture out of your mouth and making your mouth and teeth feel fuzzy. I really didn’t see what the big deal is about. So, I was less than thrilled when Paper the Farmer decided to plant various types of persimmons in our fruit orchard a few years back.
This is the first year we’ve had a significant crop of persimmons! And let me tell you! There is a WORLD of difference between eating a store bought persimmon and eating a persimmon while you’re standing under the persimmon tree! They are so sweet and succulent and juicy. In fact, one website about persimmons calls them “food for the Gods.” The thing is, you have to pick them when they are really soft… almost squishy… for them to be sweet. So I guess they’re not really a highly transport-able item. And I suppose they would spoil quickly if you let them ripen on the tree. I wouldn’t know about that though. We eat them too fast around here!
I’ll leave you with two more pictures. This tree has dropped all its leaves, but the persimmons seem to be just ripening up now:
And here is a different variety of persimmon. It is lighter in color… a beautiful autumn golden-yellow! Can’t wait to try this one!