Persimmons from Lightsey Farms
How to tell if persimmons are ripe: The persimmons in your box are mostly hard and orange or orangish green. Most people prefer to let them get a little more ripe, so we recommend waiting until they are brighter orange (no more green) and a little bit soft, like a ripe avocado. However, if you're feeling impatient you don't have to wait! This variety can be eaten completely hard; they will not give you a fuzzy feeling in your mouth like other kinds of unripe persimmons. If you eat them when they are still hard, they will have a sweetness and firmness similar to an Asian pear.
This variety is called Fuyu. Watch out for seeds! Although most Fuyus do not have seeds, a few of them do (there can be multiple seeds per fruit, and they look like plum seeds). Fuyus are self-pollinating, meaning they do not need to be pollinated by insects. Sometimes insects do pollinate them though, and when this happens the fruits develop seeds!
Wash and store: Persimmons should be kept unwashed, at room temperature until ripe. Once ripe, consume quickly or move to the refrigerator to store for a few more days. Rinse with water and remove the stem right before eating.
Prepare: Try slicing a crisp Fuyu like an apple and add it to a salad, or pair a slightly soft Fuyu with goat cheese. Peeling is optional, though the skin is edible and nutritious.