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My Hachiya persimmons aren't softening

blkery Dec 3, 2011 02:12 PM

I bought a flat of Hachiya persimmons from Costco about 10 days ago. These are the kind of persimmon you only want to eat when they are super soft and almost gelatinous - when eaten firm, they have a metallic astringency like hot copper fusing your tastebuds. The ones I bought were the appropriate color, but still very hard. "No sweat," I thought, and put them in a brown bag to soften.

Nothing's happened since then. How do I get these guys to ripen or soften or whatever the appropriate fruit term is?

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    another_adam Dec 3, 2011 06:45 PM

    I bought one a few days ago that was stone hard (the only way they'll safely ship to Iowa, I suppose), and happened to put it in a bowl with some apples and a banana or two. I noticed that after just a couple days, the bottom (around the blossom) is already getting promisingly soft. It might have softened on its own anyway, but I bet the other fruits didn't hurt!

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      jumpingarcher Dec 3, 2011 05:34 PM

      My family just leaves them out usually and they eventually turn soft. However, I just read something online that said you can freeze it solid, and when it defrosts, it turns perfectly soft! Unfortunately don't have any persimmons to try it out on...

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        elise h Dec 3, 2011 05:20 PM

        Just be patient and then be rewarded. I bought a flat from costco about 3 weeks ago. They are softening slowly in their crate without a paper bag. It's worth it!

        1. BananaBirkLarsen Dec 3, 2011 02:41 PM

          I've been ripening mine for about a month on the windowsill (after one got moldy in the paper bag) and they are just about ready to use. You may have a bit of waiting ahead of you yet.

          1. hill food Dec 3, 2011 02:21 PM

            ypu'd think 10 days would be enough. maybe try a few days out in the sunshine in an aerated bowl like a sieve

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