[Sca-cooks] persimmon

Susan Lin susanrlin at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 13:42:36 PST 2009

I tried a bite of one - the squat darker kind not the more "acorn" shaped
one.  My mouth immediately dried up and my tongue felt 3 times its size.  It
was alarming.  My father-in-law said it might be a reaction because I had
had a sip of red wine and sometimes they don't mix but it has kept me from
trying persimmon until last month when I cautiously took a bite and had no

I'm still leary of them and prefer to stay away from them but at least now I
don't think I'm going to die if I eat a piece.
On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 2:37 PM, James Prescott <prescotj at telusplanet.net>wrote:

> I have an interesting story about what were served in Australia as
> 'Japanese' persimmons, as opposed to the regular kind normally
> available in Australia.
> To my father, the 'Japanese" persimmons tasted unripe.  The owner
> of the restaurant, when summoned, tasted them and pronounced them
> perfectly ripe.
> One of my sisters, who takes after my father, also declared that
> they seemed quite unripe.
> To my mother they seemed just fine.
> The other sister, who takes after my mother, also said that they
> tasted great.
> To me, who has a mixture of traits from both parents, they seemed
> a bit tangy but perfectly edible.  I happen to enjoy an acid edge
> to many foods, for example preferring Granny Smith apples.
> So there is presumably some genetic component to how a persimmon
> tastes, whether ripe or not.
> I have noted also a (presumably) genetic component to how hot
> Indian spicing tastes versus how hot Thai spicing tastes.  To
> me the Thai tastes much hotter, whereas to a former girlfriend
> the Indian tasted much hotter.  An interesting reversal of
> 'temperature'.
> Thorvald
> At 1:59 PM -0600 11/5/09, otsisto wrote:
>>  My local Gerbs is carrying them. How do you know their ripe? The ones G
>>  carries is firm like a sweet pepper and orange in color.
>>  They looks like this
>>  http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2383/1843611393_3d92ffb73f.jpg
>>  How do you tell the difference between European and American Persimmons?
>>  De
>>  Sorry, life got busy and I havn't been keeping up with a lot of threads.
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