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Sep 13, 2010 10:05 PM

U-Pick Persimmons???

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

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

    1. 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. re: Robert Lauriston

          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

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

            1. re: Glencora

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

              Too many laws.

              1. re: chilihead2006

                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.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  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

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

                    1. re: boris_qd

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

                  2. re: Ruth Lafler

                    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.

                    1. re: chilihead2006

                      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. 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:

              1. 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 :)