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Hachiya persimmons are rounded, slightly elongated and acorn-shaped, coming to a blunted point at their non-stem end. When fully ripe the fruits are a beautiful deep orange. Another indicator of ripeness is that the fruit should feel like a water balloon when resting in your hand. The skins are thin, similar to a tomato. The flesh is a deep orange and when ripe the has a jellied texture. The flavor is candy sweet and possesses nuances of baking spices, raisins and brown sugar.
Hachiya persimmons are available in the winter months.
The Hachiya persimmon, also known as Beekeeper, is botanically classified as Diospyros kaki 'Hachiya'. It is the fruit of a deciduous and evergreen tree of the Ebenaceae (Ebony) genus. The Hachiya is one of over 200 known species of persimmons, though it has been documented that there are over 1000 actual varieties. Persimmon trees evolve new varieties out of natural occurring mutations. Thus, there are new sub-species that may or may not have been recorded over time.