Next-Gen Green posted a blog about eating in season. One of her picks was persimmons, otherwise known as the Sharon fruit. Here in Maui persimmons are in season. These are great, tasty little fruits that can be used in many ways. One of my favorite ways to eat them is fresh off the tree, peeled and sliced like an apple. I prefer my persimmons a little bit crispy. When persimmons are fully ripe, they turn a deep orange color and are soft to the touch. Ripe persimmons are good for salsa, sauces and dressings.
One of the best places, in Maui, to pick up persimmons is Hashimoto Persimmon Farm. This is a family run business located in Kula. It was started in the 1920’s and has remained in the family to this day. This five-acre farm has around 500 trees which are harvested from October through December. Even though this is a short season, they do offer other persimmon based products that can be ordered and delivered to the mainland USA. If you’ve never eaten a persimmon, these products are a good launch pad into a sweet new world.