Wild Persimmons, 8 x 8 " oil on gessobord, ©2015, Fay Terry
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It's that time of the year, time to make persimmon pudding. We are fortunate to have a persimmon tree in our yard and it is loaded with fruit. 'Simmons, as some folks call them, can't be picked from the tree. The only way to collect them is when they fall to the ground which means they are ripe. Eating one before it is ripe will cause your mouth to pucker from a very bitter taste, caused by the tannins in the fruit.
I make the pudding, which is like a very moist bread, almost every year when I've collected enough of the fruit paste. It is tedious work to remove the skin, seeds, and caps.
Here is how they look on the tree once the leaves have fallen. The trees in September have not lost many leaves yet, even though some of the fruit is ripening already.