They are easy to distinguish from its smaller, flatter, tomato-shaped counterpart called the Fuyu. The Hachiya, when completely ripe, is soft and creamy with a tangy-sweet aftertaste.
Hachiya Persimmons look and feel like an acorn-shaped, shiny, reddish orange tomato. They have a sweet pumpkin taste with a hint of allspice and cinnamon. This fruit needs to be very soft and ripe when eaten due to the tannins that can give the fruit a bitter taste.