Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hachiya Persimmons: Delicious and Beautiful!

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Japanese persimmons (and their less prestigious American cousins). I've planted three in my yard thus far and plan to plant more.

Though the non-astringent Fuyu types are nice, the astringent Hachiya types are persimmons for grownups.

This is the first fruit we've gotten off the tree I planted last spring:

Hachiya fruit are large and heart-shaped rather than being flatter like the Fuyus. Though you can't eat them when they're firm, the astringent types have an incredible rich and spicy complexity when they reach ripeness... not to mention an unbelievable sweetness.

Hachiyas are also very good for drying unlike their Fuyu cousins.

I tried carrying astringent persimmon cultivars in my nursery this spring but found that almost everyone but me prefers the Fuyu types.

You know... I like my Hachiya tree so much I think I might start grafting buds on the native persimmon trees growing wild in my neighborhood.

Wouldn't that be cool?

As for the fruit pictured above... it was carefully plucked when fully red orange, then sat on our windowsill in the kitchen until it became soft and semi-translucent.

It served as part of a wonderful breakfast a couple of days ago, along with some home-raised scrambled eggs and some chanterelle mushrooms I foraged from an empty lot.

Life is good.


At September 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous said...

where do I get these and what zones do they grow in?

At September 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I'd try a local nursery first, then if no luck, buy from Grow Organic or another good nursery online.

Avoid TyTy nursery at all costs. Grows in zone 7-10.

At September 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

That looks delicious. I have to wonder what other plants look good and also taste good. Growing your own food is a fantastic way to offset grocery costs. My family always had a garden box out back, growing our own fresh veggies every year.


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