Persimmons are in season and here’s what you need to know:
Fuyu Persimmon vs. Hachiya Persimmon
Fuyu persimmons are distinguished by their “flat” bottoms and squat shape. Fuyus should be more orange then yellow and are at their best when just barely soft. You eat them like an apple, so slightly firm fruit is OK! They will ripen after being picked, so buying rock-hard fuyus and allowing them to ripen at home can be a good strategy. They have a mild, pumpkin-like flavor, and are often used as decoration during the Fall. Note: If you encounter seeds, simply remove and discard them.
Hachiya persimmons are mouth-puckeringly tart unless extremely ripe. Ripe hachiyas are unbelievably soft – and are often almost liquefied into a smooth pulp inside. You can tell the difference between Hachiya and Fuyu persimmons, because Hachiyas are elongated and oval shaped instead of squatted and round. They will ripen once picked, so you can let them soften on the kitchen counter until ready to use.
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