Question: When preparing my baked good for the Franklin Fall Festival Bake Contest on Oct. 6, how do I know I am getting a ripe persimmon?
Answer: Most fruits need warmer climates to ripen; however, the persimmon fruit ripens in the fall. The peak month for persimmons to ripen is September. When ripe, Oriental persimmon fruit (the kind typically found in groceries) will range from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange and vary in shape.
Another good indicator to ensure you are purchasing a ripe persimmon is to test whether the calyx (calyx is the section of the fruit that was connected to the plant) is easily removable or not. If the calyx is easily removable, then the fruit is ripe.
Warning, if the fruit is unripe it will give off a sour taste making one “pucker up.”