Last persimmons of the season

Khormolu side

The fruits of my labour in the garden are an incentive whether they are a vase of flowers or new potatoes from the potager.  They also maintain a connection with the changing seasons.

Today I noticed I was down to my last eight persimmons.  These amazing fruits ripen as winter is coming on and in our area of the Charente Maritime there are huge trees in gardens that look as if they are decorated with red Christmas baubles.  Many local people are completely unaware that they are edible and are highly suspicious of these beautiful red fruits.

I had a good crop that I took in before Christmas –still largely unripe- and kept in my unheated utility room.  They had the convenient ability to ripen at different speeds and could be sorted, the ripe ones being eaten and the others left for later.  My fruit has lasted until February, as long as my Golden Delicious apples – but that is another story.
Kaki leaves  30 Oct 2011

In addition to the crop of delicious fruit in the winter my kaki tree decorates the front garden giving us shade in the summer.The leaves change into varying hues of red and soft orange in the autumn as can be seen from the picture taken at the end of October.

Kaki 1 Nov 2011

By 1 November the fruits are yellow and will take another month to turn red attracting the attention of the local birds.

8 thoughts on “Last persimmons of the season

    1. We are in the Charente-Maritime and they grow well here. It is a shame to risk disappointment if you are planting a tree, so buy one from a good nursery and take advice on the variety best for you in your area. Amelia


      1. Hi Amelia… yes, I am still reading your blog!!
        Information for Dave:
        Dave… We are 40 miles South of the Loire at Tours…
        Persimmons drip with fruit here, too!
        The flowers seem to miss the worst frosts as well.
        There is one in a neighbouring village that looks long established… drips with fruit…. but it is a holiday home and none get picked.
        As Amelia says… visit your LOCAL nursery and talk to the owner… they will know which one is best for you!!
        Good luck.


    2. Carole Chassagnard

      Hallo! I don’t think that most people realise that persimmons should be left until after the first frost: like medlars, they should be eaten”blette”, although personally I don’t like them soggy. I discovered this delicious fruit only last year, so I am growing a tree from seed of a fruit bought from my local ‘”bio” salesperson who has a stall on the market. Beware the first persimmons of the year: they are absolutely inedible, so astringent they leave the mouth dry. We are in Normandy, on rich, heavy clay, but I think these trees will grow anywhere not too cold,if planted in a sheltered place. And we seem to be having such mild winters…!


      1. I wish you good luck with your Kaki tree. There are many varieties and some are not as astringent as others and likewise the flesh can vary from firm to soft. I do not like using the the word “blette” for Kaki as I feel they ripen normally. An unripe grape can be very acid and not pleasant to eat. The nefliers and cormes have to be blette but they also change colour whereas the kakis stay an attractive red. Amelia


    1. There are many varieties of Persimmon and the variety that I have does not have seeds or very rarely does. You would have to find the seeds first and then try different methods to germinate them. Amelia


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