A few years ago, it would have been very unusual to find them gracing the fruit bowl.
But they are now the fastest-selling exotic fruit in Britain.
Sales of persimmons overtook kiwi fruit, mangos and avocados in the build up to Christmas, according to industry experts.
More than four million of the fruit, which resemble bright orange tomatoes, were sold in British supermarkets in 2012 – double the number sold the previous year.
To check local North Carolina reaction, I contacted Percy Possum, a local possum. He took the news badly: