It was time, maybe past time, to harvest our recent discovery of wild persimmons on the property.
Here is the tree...as of a couple of weekends ago. All of the low hanging fruit (isn't there a saying about that?) was gone, my guess is the local wildlife came for their annual treats. So I pulled what I could and then shook the tree and gathered up the ones that fell to the ground. I left plenty behind (I kind of lost track of what had fallen naturally and what I shook off, didn't want ants in the batch we were taking home) but there were lots lying around on the ground.
We ended up with this bucket full, not a 'haul' by any means but it would be fun to try anyway.
No, this isn't a snail, LOL. Some of them had the leafy stems on them so when I pulled them off, this core came out with them.
We put them in a colander and washed them off under some running water.
I grabbed our handy dandy food mill. As a side note, I love using this thing, there is something satisfying about turning the crank around and around.
I did the first batch, got about one cup of pulp. I was a bit concerned because it had the black bits of skin, wasn't sure if it was supposed to have that but I figured that's normal. Before I did the next batch though, I sampled it...it was sweet...and then...
I momentarily thought I might have done something really bad...am I really going out like this?
"Houston area man dies after eating rare poisonous persimmon"
I tried to get 2nd Man to try some and see if it was just me or if it affected everyone like that but when I said "here, try this", he just looked at me with the glare of...
Needless to say, it was all thrown in the trash. Not sure what happened. Overripe? Under ripe? I know a lot of you said they are very astringent when not ripe but dang, these were super soft, practically falling apart when you held them, and they were falling off the tree. Can't get much riper than that. It's a mystery to us. We'll just have to see what happens next year when they start to look like they are ripening.
Sigh...for this part of the farm adventure, we have to end with...