Shake Them 'Simmons (short for persimmons) Down is found in songs from different American folk cultures such as Scotch-Irish communities of the Appalachian Mountains and African -American communities of the South. Gathering persimmons from my tree this year, which has been done a little at a time hasn't seemed as easy as shaking a branch. Rather, I've found that a bit of a twist and moving the fruit backward is necessary to get it to come off of a branch. Because freezing temperatures were predicted, on Saturday, I took one last look out the kitchen window at the festively bedecked persimmon tree, the sight of which has made me smile. From experience I've found that the fruit can take a bit of a frost but being frozen turns it to mush so off the 'simmons came.
In summer, greenery covers up much of the debris (yard art) that is all visible at once this time of year.
There are a few areas on the skin that are black but it doesn't seem to be detrimental to the texture or taste of the fruit.
This is the first year in the 20 that I've had the tree, that it has borne ripe fruit. One year it produced three but they froze and last year, when it produced a few fruits, the squirrels (I hope they were squirrels) ate them while they were green. What a nice surprise. Okay, Paw paw, got that? Time to follow the persimmon's lead and start producing!