Nice surprise - i have a persimmon tree

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Just discovered i had 2 small persimmon trees on my property line.

Should have enough to do a gallon!!
 

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perfect timing jon. i was gonna ask a ? about persimmons. we have alot and i was gonna do a batch later this fall, but i think the drought may have affected the quality? they are already turning orange and we've been nowhere near a frost. some are quit soft, but when u taste them, they are pretty bland and chalky? is this something i should even consider this year or wait for a more optimal year?
 

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hmm - mine are turning orange and are soft - but they smell great - kind of like an orange. They taste kind of like a mix between a pumpkin and an orange - but i thought it tasted pretty good.
 

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Oh Jon, we like pictures! LOL I never heard of this tree but it sounds good.
 

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So a little research and it looks like the type of persimmon i have is this:

Diospyros virginiana - the American persimmon.
 

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i'm off today jon, so i will try to get a pic for ya.
it will give me an excuse to do some more taste testing. we have four near our house, but found a grove on another property we farm.
how are u going to process them?
 

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i'm off today jon, so i will try to get a pic for ya.
it will give me an excuse to do some more taste testing. we have four near our house, but found a grove on another property we farm.
how are u going to process them?
I will just wash and drain the persimmons. Cut in half and remove seeds. Cut into chucks and using nylon straining bag crush, mash and strain juice into primary fermenter.
 

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I have 5 gallons ready to be bottled.It is from the American Seedy Variety.It is 10 months old and nice,very nice.....Upper
 

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got the pics and forgot to post em, lol
will get em on tonight.
still tastes bland to me...
 

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Yup - that is what they look like - picked some more ripe ones tonight.
 

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i found a persimmon tree in my yard too (hachiya). i'm going to try to make a batch out of this seasons harvest. i'll be looking to you for tips!
 

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Gnug, welcome to our forum. Just curious, how large is your yard that you just discovered this tree? What else might you have that you might be able to use.
 

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