A Persimmon in the City

Persimmons on the sidewalk

We stumbled upon these gems the other afternoon which walking through the streets of Georgetown – persimmons fallen fresh from the tree.  I’m accustomed to finding these tree fruits on the farm, still attached to the tree, because those that fall to the ground are eaten by the cattle before we can find them.  Even then, we have to be careful about when we harvest them.  Persimmons play trick or treat in the fall, completely bitter until they are sweetened by a frost.  It’s unseasonably warm in the district this year, so I don’t dare taste one yet.  Instead, I keep waiting for that first frost, that chill that will turn everything to gold.

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