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There are multiple varieties of persimmon, but the two most popular are Fuyu and Hachiya.

Scientific Binomial Name: Diospyros virginiana

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Sliced and used in salads or desserts.

Selection

A Good-quality persimmon will have very soft and slightly wrinkled skin. The skin will be brilliant-orange and the flesh burnt-orange in color.

Most of the time, stores will display persimmon that is far from ripe and you will need to finish the ripening process at room temperature.

Avoid

Avoid product that is so soft the skin has split or has black scars or bruises.

Storage

Ripen persimmon at room temperature and then refrigerate until ready for use.

Ripening

Persimmon ripens well after picking by allowing it to sit at room temperature until it reaches your preferred level of softness - the softer, the sweeter.

Don't stack with other items in a fruit bowl as it will bruise easily and don't allow it to ripen so far that the skin splits.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Persimmons are very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Iron, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

  • Tips & Trivia
  • There are persimmon varieties that are native to North America and the Orient. All varieties of persimmons are orange in color (except for a small, purple Mexican variety) and all shaped roughly like an acorn.

    The persimmons tree is a large member of the ebony family and produces one of the hardest woods known which is ideal for golf clubs.

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