We're still in persimmon season until early December, so I'm hoping to take a trek to the Hashimoto Persimmon Farm soon.
Ordering persimmons is a local tradition among 2nd and 3rd generation Mauians. Persimmons like to grow up along the cool slopes of Haleakala in Kula.
To order in advance, call Hashimoto Persimmon Farm at 808-878-1461. Hours are 9-4 pm M-Sat, Sunday 9-3 pm.
|Not sure which variety of persimmon this is.|
Persimmons are usually sold in:
8 lb cases
Grade A $22
Grade B $18
5 lb cases
Grade A $15
Grade B $12
The difference in Grades A and B is based on size and appearance, but the taste is the same. These persimmons look a lot nicer than the ones in the grocery stores. You could also just stop by the farm, but they may not have what you want when you get there.
|Persimmons are propped up with wood frames.|
According to Jackie of Hashimoto Persimmon Farms, the differences in the three varieties are:
- Hachiya persimmons are astringent – have to be treated in dry ice to get rid of astringency.
- Maru persimmons are yellow and green with brown specks. They are sweet and crunchy.
- Towards the end of October, they sometimes have Fuyu persimmons which are ripe when soft. Fuyu are not always available.
I did some research last year on persimmon varieties as well. Most of the information corresponds with what Jackie said.
FYI, I've also seen poinsettias starting to bloom all over Makawao and Hali'imaile.
P.S. Maui Farmers Union is meeting at the Haiku Community Center at 6 pm. OR 5:30 pm if you want to participate in the pumpkin pie recipe contest. There are excellent speakers on a range of topics and the locavore potluck is excellent. It is free if you bring a potluck dish, regardless of whether you're a member or not.