Persimmon - Fruit


American persimmon fruits are nearly round, shiny, and tough-skinned. They are about one inch in diameter, and the color when ripe ranges from a pale orange to a slight yellowish color. They ripen from September to October, usually after the tree has lost its leaves.

The green fruit in this picture is immature. Notice the clove-like structure at the the top of the fruit. This can help distinguish persimmons from apricots or yellow tomatoes.

The oriental persimmon is the persimmon most often found in the grocery store. It is larger than the American persimmon (about 2 inches in diameter) and can vary in shape from round and flat to oblong and cone-shaped.


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