I’ve seen some AMAZING persimmon reports on here that have shown and described large numbers of persimmon varities and done so in depth. This won’t compare to those. But in my little world these are kind of a a big deal (to me, at least) that I’m proud of and want to share. Also, since I’m such a novice, especially with persimmons, perhaps other newbies will enjoy my little report.
I planted my first persimmons just 3 years ago and added more each year. This is the first year most of them have produced. This year I got to harvest at least 2 or more of: Chocolate, Saijo, Fuyu, Hachiya, and a wild domestic persimmon I dug up and transplanted.
My wild one is actually pretty good, but nothing really special. I assume most of you know what wild persimmons taste and look like. They are about 3/4ths the size of a golfball. Until dead ripe they are the most astringent of all…VERY “puckering”. But when ripe they are really sweet and rich. But also very fibrous and packed with seeds. I enjoy them somewhat but most people aren’t crazy about them.
My fuyu tree is by far the most productive tree per foot. It is absolutely packed with fruit, even though I thinned it some (not enough). In spite of me leaving way too many fruit on the tree, all of the fruit are quite large and pretty healthy. I just don’t much like the non-astringent persimmons- but that is 100% personal taste. I really don’t like them when they are still crunchy. And when left to get soft, they don’t soften down in the same way the astringents do. THey just don’t get that “jelly” texture, but again, the next person may love them. The point I should make here is how productive my little 3 year old tree is. Here is a photo:
My Fuyu: (You really can’t see the true fruit load here- this thing is LOADED!
My Hachiya only had 3 fruit this year. They were all really good. Pretty standard fruit so not much to add. Most people know what these taste and look like.
My chocolate persimmon only had 2 fruit this year. What is strange about this is that the same tree had 8 persimmons on it last year and the tree is larger this year and had more pollinators in bloom this year. So I don’t know why it didn’t set more fruit. Anyway, I REALLY enjoy these. They are really sweet, have that jello-like texture. Mine get quite brown, though I’ve seen photos of browner ones. These do, as everyone says, taste of brown sugar. I like these very much. The photo below shows one each of a chocolate persimmon and a saijo persimmon- my favorite by far.
Here is the inside of the saijo and chocolate:
OK, now lets talk about the Saijo Persimmon shown above. It is the whole reason I decided to do this little report. Please listen to what I’m going to say: My Saijo Persimmons just became my very favorite fruit I grow…or at least TIED for 1st place. I just cannot begin to tell you how wonderful these little guys are. I think mine are smaller than typical Saijo persimmons but I’m not sure about that? But what I do know is these are by far the best ones I grow or have ever tasted. HOLY COW THESE ARE GOOD!!! They hang on the tree all summer and most of fall, then each one ripens fairly quickly. Once they get soft and have an opaque appearance, they don’t have the slightest hint of astringency. The texture is soft but a little firm. That sounds contradictory but what I mean is that even though they are soft, they are not mushy or gooey like other astringent types can be. They have a texture (not taste) That is similar to firm jello. They are extremely sweet, but not as rich and filling as the Chocolates. I’d describe them as more “refreshing” and not as “heavy” as Chocolates and even Hachiyas. I wish I could better describe these things. Let me just say that if you are new to persimmons and only grow one, you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED in Saijo. I think Saijo means “the best” as I recall (??) and if so then I certainly concur!
Here is my Sajio Tree. It is either 3 or 4 years old (I forgot to check tag) and is about 9 foot tell. I didn’t spray it all year and it didn’t seem to need it. It isn’t nearly as productive as my fuyu but more than my Hachiya and Chocolate. I probably got about 18 fruit off the tree. It also is a taller, skinnier tree than others. And it is so pretty ir could be an ornamental. It looks almost like a citrus tree. Leaves are thick and very shinny. Just a nice tree with incredible fruit. Please grow a Saijo…you’ll thank me later!
My Saijo Persimmon Tree: