These California Persimmons are the very first domestic variety of the season, always coming a few weeks ahead of the next variety, Fuyu. The first persimmons of the year represent the coming of Fall and football season.
Chocolate Persimmons are a petite, semi-squat and rounded variety with flushed candied orange thin skin and trademark pale leafy green tops. A perfectly ripe one is semi-tender to the touch; its flesh will be texturally soft and juicy, the color of burnt sugar and cinnamon, and laden with up to eight large flat seeds patterned in the shape of a star when cut in half. Regardless of seeds, the flavor is memorably warm and sweet, filled with nuances of vanilla, pear, honey and dates.