Original Persimmons are generally picked firm but must be allowed to soften to a jelly or mushy texture. It is at this stage that the tannin, (or astringency), has broken down leaving an incredibly sweet flavour.
Original Persimmons may appear large and pointy, (acorn shape), or small, flat and bun shaped depending on the variety.
In each case the fruit is orange to deep red in colour with a green stem , (calyx). Usually only the flesh is eaten.