I just discoved this fruit and I'm in love. I planted a tree of them. Is it possible to eat them in large quantities without dieing or getting diabetes?
the pointy persimmons are fucking disgusting
fuyu persimmons are where it's at, the texture is much better
fruitfag checking in.
The pointy persimmons are referred to as "Hachiya persimmons."
If you eat them when they are 1 minute too underripe, they absorb all of the moisture in your mouth and leave a sort of metallic taste. No bueno.
Edible hachiyas require a ripeness that feels like a water balloon in your hand. They are dope then. The consistency is velvety, maybe a little stringy but it has a sweet cantaloupe flavor. I carefully cut the pointed end off horizontally, take a paring knife or smaller knife and cut into eighths. Don't eat the calyx(green stem.)
Because customers have no idea about fruit and it's peak of ripeness, every grower ships these rock hard and they make it to the store hard and are sold to consumers hard. And some customers buy they and they hate them because they are awful when under ripe.
At least in America, markets for "Exotic fruits"(and the persimmons were probably grown in the US) are ruined because no one bothers to educate the customers on such delicious things as a fully ripe Hachiya persimmon.
Fuyu persimmons are pretty good too but at least in my opinion their season is in mid to late fall and I never see sales on those. Again, no retailer marketing to develop sales of an overall pretty delicious fruit. When ripe, it has a firmer consistency, sort of like a pear.
The UC-Davis website has a ton of info about fruits, vegetables and other agricultural commodities.
I've worked in a produce section of a fairly large grocery store before. Hardly anyone buys persimmons or even asks about them. We get both Fuyu and Hachiya, and they move slow as molasses. It doesn't help that they're expensive either, so no one wants to try something they're not sure they'll like. And we can't sample them unless a customer specifically asks about them, since again, they're too expensive.
Also, ripe hachiya look gross, so no one wants to buy them when they're good enough to actually eat. The produce department is also told to toss anything that doesn't "look fresh" because we get points off when someone from corporate comes through to check on everything. We throw away a lot of fruits at peak ripeness. It's a little frustrating sometimes.
My friend had a tree with those little fuckers on it. Every year they would all drop down and we would end up stepping on them and getting that shit all over the house. His parents ended up chopping the tree down. Never knew you could eat that shit.
My mom has a few trees of those, both kinds and my family loves them.
I cannot stomach them, especially the soft ones, I get nauseated just by looking at people eating them... I try them once in a while to see if I can stomach them, but no dice.
It's the only food that does this to me.
If you get beat up for sampling something that is a required SKU to carry, yet you throw it out anyway...then there is something wrong with that model. You do not work at a food museum. If the store director, or head merchandiser or anyone above the store level agrees with that line of thinking then you are not working at the "best retail organization." If you don't learn something everyday from your products then you are failing OR your leadership is failing. You are the organization's best salesperson and it's sad that many retailers now don't recognize that.
Store associates/Team Members/whatever you call them are the best at the specialized sales pitch. "Oh have you tried persimmons before? Let me see if I can find one that is ripe...ok found one! let's try it." It's all about an experience for the fucking customer man. Keeps them coming back. Yeah do they think they are going to get something for free but WHY ARE THEY IN THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT ANYWAY. Check out the cart, see what they are buying. Suggestive sale. That leads to cross-merchandising suggestions in the end.
Often I would stand there next to the customer(and especially a regular,) sample the same product and talk to them about the product they are sampling or what else is in their cart, what they are doing with it, etc. Regulars, especially lonely ones love that shit.
Anon--I know this is all above your pay grade but I was in your position once and I stuck it up the ass of every produce manager and they loved me in the end for it because of added GP on bullshit that was BUDGETED to shrink out.
Tips for life bro. Get aggressive. Learn it now, apply it for later. And get more aggressive.
I've only had two persimmons, ever (I have a persimmon tree), but both sucked.
The taste was fine, I guess, and the texture wasn't bad, but the fruit themselves made my mouth go numb for several minutes after I ate them. Everyone else in this thread seems to have no issue with that, at least.
Am I just allergic or something?
>this food sucks!
>i mean, everyone says it tastes so good, and it does
>i mean it just keeps giving me what any sane person would interpret as an allergic reaction because it seems that nobody else who eats this food experiences the same odd sensation
>they still suck tho
Yes...because you ate it when it was underripe. I mentioned a metallic taste in an earlier post and that metallic taste leads to the numbness.
I totally forgot to mention that.
Also Fruitfag checking back in
That's awesome that you have a persimmon tree! Try them again. Put them in a warm space in your home with sunlight(if possible) and try them again.