Thursday, December 11, 2008

Persimmons - Yum?

Along our main drive, we have planted persimmon trees. Some are native species and do not produce much fruit, but others produce large orange fruit in the winter, starting in November. Now, persimmons are a tricky fruit. They are terribly bitter and astringent if they are not eaten at exactly the right time, but when you get a good one, they taste better than a ripe mango. :)

This is one of the smallest trees on the property, but it has a nice symmetry. The fruit can be used to feed people and livestock, but ours mostly feed birds and bees.

As they ripen, they turn a lovely deep red. If not picked, they fall to the ground and then insects and birds love the sweet syrup and flesh.

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