I have to admit, this post has been sitting in our draft folder since December. I hope you can still find imported persimmons in select grocery stores at this time of year, or feel free to substitute a fruit of your choice.
On our daily walk to the school bus we pass a persimmon tree. At first the boys thought they were mini-pumpkins, or oranges, but now they can pronounce "persimmon" with ease, and one has even requested a persimmon tree for his birthday. I wouldn't let them pick the fruit, and was too shy to knock on my neighbours' door and ask if we could have some. I now regret this decision as I see the frost-covered persimmons rotting on the tree. However, I was as curious as the boys about what they tasted like, so I bought some the next time I was at our local produce store.