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U-Pick Persimmons???

cpack Sep 13, 2010 10:05 PM

Is there a place in the area where I-can-pick persimmons?

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    wally RE: cpack Sep 13, 2010 10:29 PM

    This is really early, especially this year. I would call some of the places around Brentwood in a couple of weeks.

    1. Ruth Lafler RE: cpack Sep 14, 2010 09:45 AM

      Ask around. Someone has a tree -- or knows someone who has a tree -- who would be happy to have you take them off their hands.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: cpack Sep 14, 2010 10:25 AM


        There's a quarantine in effect in most parts of the Bay Area that bans most informal foraging.


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          Glencora RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 14, 2010 10:51 AM

          I think that's been relaxed. The city of Berkeley is permitting the garden club to hold its annual plant sale next month and the city of Albany sponsors a plant swap periodically.

          In any case, Wally's right -- it's still way too early.

          1. re: Glencora
            Robert Lauriston RE: Glencora Sep 14, 2010 11:21 AM

            The quarantine has not been relaxed. An event like that has to be cleared by a county, state, or federal agricultural officer.

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              chilihead2006 RE: Glencora Sep 14, 2010 04:02 PM

              It makes no sense to prevent people from picking fruit off a neighbors tree.

              Too many laws.

              1. re: chilihead2006
                Ruth Lafler RE: chilihead2006 Sep 14, 2010 05:47 PM

                First, it's not against the law to pick fruit from a neighbor's tree. It's against the law to move certain agricultural products within a quarantine zone. It makes sense if you understand how a quarantine works, which is that you draw a buffer zone of a certain radius from a known infestation. If you move something within that radius you are potentially pushing that radius farther outward.

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                  escargot3 RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 14, 2010 05:55 PM

                  I ain't no lawyer, but actually I think it's a common but false assumption to think you can pick fruit that's on a branch that hangs over the sidewalk, or another neighbor's property.

                  I believe the law is that the fruit of a tree belongs to the owner of the tree -- no matter where the branch is hanging...

                  1. re: escargot3
                    boris_qd RE: escargot3 Sep 14, 2010 07:10 PM

                    I looked this up and fruit overhanging public areas (sidewalks) in the state of CA are legal to pick.

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                      escargot3 RE: boris_qd Sep 15, 2010 08:58 AM

                      that's interesting. my cousin was arguing ...
                      can you recall where you looked it up?

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                        boris_qd RE: escargot3 Sep 20, 2010 11:53 AM

                        Take your pick:


                  2. re: Ruth Lafler
                    chilihead2006 RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 15, 2010 05:53 PM

                    Doesn't make sense if the tree is well within the boundary of the quarantine area. If it's at the edge, then maybe it makes sense.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: chilihead2006 Sep 15, 2010 06:06 PM

                      The goal is to eradicate the moth from the quarantine area. If people move infested materials around, that'll never happen, and the area will keep growing. If things get too out of control, the Feds could ban agricultural exports to other states.

            2. toodie jane RE: cpack Sep 15, 2010 11:02 AM

              Persimmons are normally market-ready in October but best when frosty weather is near.

              Fuyu-types (flattened like a typical tomato shape) are picked when orange but hard, and can be eaten firm.

              Hachiya (pointy end like an oxheart tomato) are picked when orange, firm or hard, but must soften to eat. Firm ones are too astringent.

              Good explantion of persimmon types here: http://www.baylaurelnursery.com/order...

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                dmadaman RE: cpack Sep 28, 2010 02:31 PM

                I guess its a little too early for Persimmons. Just search craigslist and you find a lot of tree owners selling the fruit per lb/ per bag. Some are already picked and if they are lazy, you can reap them yourself :P I prefer the later. Goodluck!!
                I love Persimmons :)

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