Monday, October 6, 2014
And the Persimmon Says....
Why we never did make it down to an actual frost we were close. I believe my thermometer outside said 35 degrees at one point. So while out cutting wood today I noticed a small Persimmon tree nearby and went to investigate.
It was one that had the pumpkin shaped fruit on it and contained eight seeds inside.
Funny thing about Persimmon trees you get some variance in fruit shapes from plum to round to roughly pear-shaped and even pumpkin like. They vary in color a bit too and can have anywhere from no seeds to as many as eight.
So I found the best looking one I could get to. Felt it and it was turning nice and soft. It came right off in my hand and had the right texture.
My Dad who is an old hand at tasting not quite ripe Persimmons was urging me on to try a bite. Like I was going to fall for that old trick. Still the thing seemed ripe.
Oh what the hell I had a beverage with me. So I tore out a bit of the fruit and tried it.
It didn't taste bad but it wasn't very sweet yet. In fact it was pretty tasteless to be honest. It just wasn't quite ready yet.
Still that was a much more pleasant outcome than if it had been even less ripe. Trust me the unripened ones stick with ya a long time.
Maybe another week or so and the Persimmons will be ready.
Oh and I did cut into a few of the seeds and it doesn't present a comforting forecast.
Looks like lots of shoveling is predicted for our future. I don't mind the snow so much as long as we don't get those sub-zero temps that stay around for weeks.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!