The Persimmon is a bright reddish-orange fruit that ripens in fall and early winter. The persimmon is thought to have originated in China.
There are two types of persimmon the Fuyu which is eaten when it is still hard like an apple and the Hachiya which is eaten when it is very soft. It is important persimmons be eaten only when ripe otherwise they will make your mouth pucker. Persimmon are eaten fresh or used in a variety of recipes including cookies, puddings, breads and cakes. The Fuyu persimmon makes a colorful and delicious addition to a salad.
Most well-stocked grocery stores stock persimmons starting about October through February. You can also purchase them online at Melissa's.com.