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Fall for Persimmons

very year once the anticipated cool of autumn arrives, we can’t wait to get our hands on a bounty of persimmons. This orange, tomato-shaped fruit grows wild on trees in much of the region, but if you don’t have your own backyard tree, there’s a good chance your fall farmers’ market will have a plentiful supply. At their ripened peak, which is usually late autumn to early winter, their flesh is soft and juicy with an unmistakable sweet flavor. In the South, there are two major varieties—Fuyu and Hachiya. Fuyu persimmons are the variety we often seek out. They’re sweeter than most

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