Time is ripe for picked persimmons

Paul Casotti
Paul Casotti

Brothers Peter and Paul Casotti and their wives Betty and Carol own the orchard, which has been in the family since 1948.

They told the Comment News the time was ripe to look to the fruit being picked now: the persimmon.

Paul Casotti said the public often overlooked persimmons, which originated in China.

‘People think they will taste like a tomato,’ he said.

‘I have had to convince the Australians ” Asians already know.’

In fact, the persimmon (the Casottis sell several varieties of the crunchier, non-astringent type) tastes more like a sweet pear or melon.

‘We find a lot of people say they have never tried them,’ Betty said.

‘They’re a really sweet fruit and they’re very good for you.’

Her brother-in-law agreed, saying they were ideal for pregnant women, containing far more folic acid than apples, and similarly to pears performed well in cheese platters, especially alongside blue cheese.

The trees’ leaves become spectacular in late autumn.

Betty said couples frequently held their pre-wedding photo shoots against the orchard’s green, yellow, orange and red riot of colour.