[NAFEX] Home persimmon astringency removal?

Jwlehman at aol.com Jwlehman at aol.com
Fri Feb 6 22:15:29 EST 2009

In a message dated 2/6/2009 3:07:54 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
aleguy33 at yahoo.com writes:

> I'm given to understand that the ones up north don't become edible until 
> after a frost.                 

Well, that is an old wives tale, but some truth in it. 

The American persimmon doesn't need frost to ripen. Many early trees often 
drop their entire crop, completely ripened, before any frost. But late varieties 
may ripen after frost, but again not because of the frost, just long season 
variety. It was a common belief that frost was needed, but they were simply 
late ripening. If you freeze slightly astringent pulp it doesn't lose the 
astringency. It hangs on and on.


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