PERSIMMONS are now having their brief run in the markets and in seasonal salads. They are beautiful fruits, with autumnal orange-red skins and orange flesh. Their mild, undistinctive flavor, vaguely reminiscent of pumpkin, means that it is hard to find a leading role for them. But they have some real assets as a second banana.
The persimmons that we see in markets are an Asian species that comes in two general types, one of which requires special handling and should be sold with a warning label for the novice.