We had a good crop of persimmons this year at Ladera Frutal.
These are the ‘Tamopans.’ The heaviest crop we have had. The fruit has a unique shape and looks great hanging from the otherwise bare tree. No persimmon is as much fun to eat, and few are as tasty.
The ‘Coffeecake’ (a.k.a. ‘Nishimura Wase’) also had a heavy crop this year. Unlike last year, they were also good to eat. For some reason, last year’s crop never lost its astringency and was mostly inedible. This year, we saw why the variety has been so touted for its exceptional flavor.
For the second time in the last three years, almost the entire ‘Chocolate’ crop set on one branch, requiring some delicate bracing with wires and netting. This may be the very best persimmon, in my experience. Last year, we had few (none?) of these fall treats.
The crop was also heavy this year on the ‘Matsumoto Wase’ (a superior ‘Fuyu’ type). And there was a good crop on ‘Maru’ (though I found the fruit itself a bit disappointing).
All in all, a very good year for the persimmon orchardist!