Monday, October 17, 2011

I Hear the Sound of Possums Screaming

"Fruit of the future? Brits' taste for the exotic sees soaring sales of persimmons overtake mangoes and pineapples."

Persimmons.


We used to have a persimmon tree in our yard in Florida. My dad was the only member of the family that ate them. If you eat them before they're fully ripe you'll regret it, they have an astringent quality when unripe that will pucker your mouth up. Possums, of course, love persimmons. Naturalist John James Audobon noted this when he painted possums, placing them within the branches of a persimmon tree:

1 comment:

DirtCrashr said...

The squirrels in the trees behind us like the persimmons but they eat them too-soon since they are greedy and stupid, and then screech because they are bitter - and usually can't hold onto them either so half-bitten ones lay on the ground!