Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Persimmon Tree

We have been blessed with a huge backyard. There are so many houses that don't have any yard at all, we have one of the largest lots on the block. I have plenty of room for a full garden and more.

When we moved here 8 years ago, we were blessed with a Bradford Pear that is now about 40 years old. We also had 2 apple trees that eventually fell down. They were rotten and they needed to go. During 2 different storms, the wind took them down straight to the ground. And then we have this persimmon tree.

To be honest with you, I really don't know how old this tree is. But it is old, and we have lost a few limbs this year. But nothing to worry about.

Well, I noticed that this thing has a lot of fruit on it this year. And when I got close enough to it, I couldn't believe the amount of fruit on it.
The branches are weighted down with fruit! I was amazed how much is on this tree. Never in the years that we have been here has this tree produced this much fruit. I am so surprised to see what is on there. I know that I can't count what is on it.

Now, I don't know anything about persimmons. I do know that they are very, very bitter when you eat them now. But if you wait until the first frost, they are delicious. Right now the fruit is falling off the tree left and right. Not a problem, because I think that I will have more than enough on there after the first frost. I can reach some, but the ones at the top of the tree, they will have to fall to the ground. I am not that interested in getting all of them, but I would like to try some.

The older man at Bi-lo told me that they make a nice pie and very good pudding. And he told me that I can also can them too. Cool! Something else for me to can! I can also make persimmon chutney and jam. Yummy! How cool is that!!!!