Our persimmon tree in the backyard was full of persimmons about three weeks ago, right when they started changing from green to orange. Suddenly, they all mysteriously disappeared….
One or two of the low hanging ones had a bite or two taken out and we figured it must be deer. Only a deer could reach them. They looked like deer teeth marks. Sort of. And there is a deer trail coming from across the railroad tracks of our house.
But suddenly, even those disappeared. The entire persimmon. And all the ones at the very top of the tree, there’s no sign of them. Nothing on the ground. It’s as if something climbed up and pulled them down, one at a time.
I think it’s raccoons. They can climb, they have little front paws , and they could pull the persimmons off with their teeth and dart right down the tree. Maybe they take them to the creek to wash them before they share them with their friends. That’s my theory. What do you think? Who’s the culprit here? Who is stealing the persimmons?
So, besides the five that I can count from the back porch right now, my other half climbed the tree yesterday and pulled down four more.
Now, does anyone know what to do with persimmons? Can you eat them like an apple? Are they for cooking?