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Question #90276 posted on 08/22/2017 9:56 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

This is a fruit question. Even though it may be not be easy, it "never hurts to ask", supposedly...

Do you think there's any chances of my finding a persimmon somewhere within reasonable distance? I tried one once on my mission, not too long ago, and I actually loved it. But, being in Utah, they must be certainly harder to find here, though with autumn & harvest season coming up, I'm sure that the best time to find one, if ever, would be coming up soon. Where could I look?

-Loves to eat

A:

Dear Fructivore,

Yes, you can find persimmons in Utah, and you don't even have to go anywhere weird! When persimmons are in season, I've found them at Smith's, and I've heard that you can find them at Costco. Other grocery stores, like Macey's or Walmart (though I wouldn't recommend the produce section of the Neighborhood Market on University Parkway) might have them as well.

-The Entomophagist still prefers the wild persimmons from his parents' front yard though

A:

Dear kaki,

Ento already answered this question completely, but I couldn't pass up the chance to interject my opinion into something concerning less-common fruit, which is secretly the kind of question I wish we had more often here on the Board (readers take note, wink wink).

In addition to the grocers Into has mentioned, you can also find these delicious fruit at Rancho Markets for a very reasonable price. While there are many varieties of persimmon, most of the persimmons sold in the US are Fuyu persimmons, which tend to be sweet and not astringent (that is, they don't make your mouth pucker up and feel dry) even when hard. If you'd like to try a different sort of persimmon, I have purchased the richly flavored Hachiya variety at Harmons. This is the sort of persimmon used to make the Japanese delicacy hoshigaki, or massaged dried persimmon.

Persimmons are one of the things I most enjoy about fall. Thanks for reminding me of something to look forward to. 

Always happy to answer fruit questions,

--Ardilla Fruit-roz

P.S. Entomophagist, I am a tad envious of your parents' wild persimmon tree. Eat a bunch for me.