Following the first blog
, here is the almost-final chapter.
These whatever-they-are variety of seedless Persimmons ripen almost all at once. They look green on the tree, one or two fall off minus their calyx which sits forlornly on the branch. That is the cue to pick the lot. Seceteurs or similar are needed, the very short stem is quite tough.
They sat in their styrene box on the lounge-room floor and day by day we picked 4 to go with our breakfast fruit salad. Suddenly instead of a few turning yellow, practically the lot did in the last day.
We had an almost-midnight persimmon party ... remove the calyx, wash the skins, crack in half, scoop out with a teaspoon.
Then one half cup was measured out into each bag - total of 18 bags. The bags, instead of as previously, tediously labelling each one, were loaded into one labelled big bag. Quite a time saving.
The results are several kilos of fruit, no fruit-fly; just a few started to grow whiskers where the skin cracked and a mould flew by and landed. I doubt the absence of fruit fly is because of the fantastic soil the tree is growing in! More like the skins are too tough even for a fruit fly. As well, picking them green would help although none of the fruit developed anything more sinister than a few spots of mould.
Although the tree is grafted and I bought it from a regular retail nursery, it’s actual variety is not known. The graft produces some green shoots as do the roots, I break these off. It’s a bit of a pest but a lot of grafted plants have their little foibles and the fruit from this tree is well worth a bit of fussing.