This is a large thicket of persimmon trees down the road a few miles. These trees grow too close to the road though, closer than my personal standard for foraging - and yet too far away and behind a fence so that I couldn't grab one.
Persimmons will pucker your mouth if you eat them too soon. They must ripen on the tree, not on your counter, and are best after the first freeze of winter.
I've never tried a persimmon, either fresh or in baked goods. Many people wait anxiously for that first freeze so they can forage the fruit. Allrecipes has "over 30 trusted persimmon recipes" for everything from cookies and cake to chutney and cheesecake.
Supposedly persimmon seeds predict winter weather. Folk legend says that if you open a persimmon seed, there is a mark inside that will resemble either a knife, a fork, or a spoon. A knife means a cold winter: you can "cut the cold with a knife". A fork means a mild winter. A spoon stands for a snow shovel: winter will be wet and snowy. But, like I said, I couldn't reach one so I could open it and see for myself.
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