When we moved into our house last year, we inherited a little persimmon tree that the previous owners planted in the side yard. It filled up with fruit last year, but we were so busy moving and working on interior house projects that I didn't pay it much attention, and the birds ended up eating most of the fruit.
I also had no clue what a persimmon tasted like or what to do with it. My only context for persimmons was a vague memory of reading a poem about them. (And what a beautiful poem it is, by the way!)
I hate to pass up free homegrown food, so this year I am determined to find some use for it. Yesterday I picked the first one, but I think it might have needed to ripen just a little bit more.
Of course I had to play with my food before I ate it. It's so pretty!
I'm not sure how to describe the taste...it's very mild. To me, the sweetness came through stronger than the actual flavor. Not quite like an apple, not quite like a peach. Maybe even a little nutty? It seems like something that would go well with cinnamon or cardamom, so I'm leaning toward cooking it with spices next time.
Anyway, more adventures in yard food.