Saturday, October 9, 2010

FYI - Persimmons

PERSIMMONS
You know it’s getting close to the holidays when you start to see Persimmons again. Though they originated in China, they quickly spread throughout Asia and finally made it to American shores in the 1800’s. Only 2 varieties are readily available: the Hachiya, which are plum shaped and are too astringent to eat until completely soft and ripe; and the Fuyu, which are shaped like a small tomato, and can be eaten while still firm. Both boast glossy orange-red skins and come with their pretty calyx (the stem) intact. Sweet with a hint of nutmeg spiciness, these fruit can be eaten raw or made into baked treats!

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