I challenge you to join me in putting conversation back into our lives. What better place to start than at the tables where we gather to eat? I have found that by adding THINGS to our dining room table, conversation has picked up.
While strolling through the produce section of the grocery store I came across persimmons. I can’t recall ever seeing them before. Two went into the cart. At the checkout counter the clerk asked me what kind of tomatoes they were. I told her they were not tomatoes but persimmons and to look for the code under fruit. Of course my daughter later pointed out that tomatoes are also a fruit….
Once I got home a Google search commenced. What the heck is a persimmon? How do you eat it, raw or cooked? How did we survive before the internet?
Here is what I found out. They grow on trees in Asia. There are two varieties of persimmons, astringent and non-astringent. The astringent varieties are high in tannins and must be ripened to jelly-soft consistency before eating. Oh, boy.
Imagine my relief when I got out my high powered cheater glasses and read the sticker on the bottom of the fruit. In tiny print running along the outside of the tiny sticker were these words, Fuyu persimmon eat hard like an apple. I had the non-astringent variety. It pays to read the fine print folks!
What do persimmons taste like? Sweet. There really wasn’t much flavor. I ate most of the fruit. My husband didn’t think much of it. It looked to much like a tomato for my daughter to enjoy it, she dislikes tomatoes. The fruit did have a nice texture, smooth but firm. No grit like a pear and no crisp snap like an apple. I might try adding persimmons to a cooked dish one day. Imagine the color!
by Jill Eudaly
photos by Jill Eudaly
Here is a running list of THINGS I have added to our dinner table.
A bottle of S. Pellegrino, Italian sparkling water.
Loaf of fresh bread with herb infused olive oil for dipping.
A handful of fall leaves to admire, identify and smell.
Taste testing/comparison of a variety of pears.
Two persimmon fruits.