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Just picked a few kilos of green Persimmons. This is a non-astringent seedless variety the name of which I have forgotten.

The tree is espaliered, one metre each side of the post, with wires about 500mm apart - not enough room horizontally and the wires are too far apart. The other trees which were espaliered at the same time (about 6 years ago) did not take kindly to that treatment. The Black Genoa fig, the tropical Peach, the Shahtoot Mulberry were more enthusiastic growers than the espalier could cope with. The persimmon alone has survived the treatment.

They never ripen to a yellow colour - always remaining green with the tiniest tinge of yellow but by the time they seem yellowish, they are really soft.

Being non-astringent it is possible to eat them when the flesh is hard. The skin is quite tough and brittle and peeling is a trial. The flavour when firm is alright but no where near as delicious as when fully ripe and soft.

Just scoop the flesh out of the half skin. Enjoy as is or with grated apple.

Update 11th June 2010: autumn colour has arrived and is at its best just now.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 11, 2010 at 16:09
Scarlett ... you wondered about autumnal colouring - this is it! At its best today 11th June 2010.
Comment by Florence on January 18, 2010 at 8:51
A very nicely espaliered persimmon tree ! I love persimmons when they are soft and sweet ~ Never seen green ones and a quick google doesn't tell me anything about any green variety of persimmons.. interesting...

How long did it take your persimmons to produce fruits?
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 13, 2010 at 13:27
Your guess is as good as mine, Addy. I think the Fuji skin ripens to an orange-yellow. I bought it from Theo's on Old Gympie Road Kallangur but several years ago so probably wasting time going in to ask and naturally the label disappeared and of course, I did not write it down!
Comment by Addy on January 13, 2010 at 11:47
Elaine, these persimmons are really delicious. Thanks! The flavour is a little different to the fuji ... I wonder what they are?
Comment by Addy on January 11, 2010 at 14:05
I'm drooling!! Never come across this variety before! See you tomorrow 4 or 5'ish?

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