Saturday, January 02, 2016

Barefoot Wnter

This new year has finally brought mornings when I cannot go outside barefoot any longer.  The nights are now much cooler, although mother earth or father time has not blown a frosty breath across the yard just yet.  We have been harvesting persimmons most of the month and made cookies, cake, pudding, eaten them raw, and finally gave the last of them away to neighbors.  The texture is not for everyone, but we do love them.


I took this just as the sun was coming up the other morning.  I am always re leaved to see that once again this year neither the crows, squirrels or raccoons have found these.  They seem like some odd exotic import from a more tropical land and hang over the holidays like ornaments on the tree.  They cannot be picked until they are just becoming squishy.  If picked hard they still have alum and cannot be eaten.  We bring them inside and let them get even softer for a day or two and then they can be eaten from the shell with a spoon like gelatin.   They are perfect orbs of potential.

6 comments:

Linda Reeder said...

I think I tasted a persimmon once. I think I liked it. You are just enough warmer there that you can grow them. They are beautiful!.

messymimi said...

Persimmons are delicious, but as you've said, you have to wait until they are really, fully ripe to eat them.

Red said...

I can only buy perimmons in the store and then I don't know what to do with them. You make it sound as if they are really good.

ellen abbott said...

A friend had a persimmon tree in her yard and gave me a few. I had never eaten one before and she advised me about waiting til they were 'squishy' (good word choice). I found them best with ice cream. My neighbor out in the country has two native persimmons whose fruit is small, about the size of a prune. Somehow he got the idea I liked them and every other day he would bring me a box full. I would thank him kindly and then dump them in the compost pile. A little persimmon goes a long way for me.

The Furry Gnome said...

Can't say i've ever tried a persimmon.

Granny Annie said...

Love Persimmons as long as I'm sure they are ripe before I bite in.