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Ken W Wilson
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Does anyone have a Nikita's Gift? When do to you pick them? Do they have to be mushy to be ripe? I've only eaten two or three in past years. There's about ten on there now. It's a young tree and has a little too much shade.
 
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Ken W Wilson wrote:Does anyone have a Nikita's Gift? When do to you pick them? Do they have to be mushy to be ripe? I've only eaten two or three in past years. There's about ten on there now. It's a young tree and has a little too much shade.


Nikitas Gift Persimmon Tree – Astringent American-Kaki Hybrid

From the Ukraine, Nikita’s Gift persimmon tree is a hybrid of Asian and American persimmons. The fruit have exceptionally sweet flavor when ripe (you’ll know when they fall off the tree). Bold red leaf color in the fall is an added bonus. Fruit ripens late October – November. Zones 6-9.
 
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They were very mushy by the time they fell. Are they supposed to be? The tast was great but no texture.
 
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Ken W Wilson wrote:They were very mushy by the time they fell. Are they supposed to be? The taste was great but no texture.


I'm actually looking into planting some Persimmon and what I've read the Astringent persimmons are like a ball of gue when you eat them.  The not astringent can be more like the texture of an apple depending on the variety but this is from reading I have no hands-on experience.  I posted asking about the top ten permaculture trees and some of the guys on that post have persimmons.   
 
Ken W Wilson
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I've eaten lots of american persimmons. They are drier than the Nakitas Gift. I actually prefer the better American astringent persimmons to the Nikita's on flavor and texture, but I think mine may have been overripe. They are huge, maybe 5 times an average American persimmon. They are also completely seedless. I've heard you can pick them while still hard and dry them. Since, I only have ten, I'd like to be able pick them at the right time and make the best use of them.

I would plant a variety of persimmons.  I have a grafted American persimmon but it's not producing yet.
 
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My Nikita's Gift is setting it's first crop, 24 very hard, pink-orange fruits. I'll pick the first one that begins to soften. I'll pick the second one at a softer stage and the third one even softer. I'll know when to pick next year. What a carefree fruit tree. I'm going to try grafting and budding to the local wild persimmons.
 
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