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Payton with Persimmons

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.
~ John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice

I have a few neighbors with persimmon trees. In my hood, there are at least 2 different species. I don’t know much about them, I never ate ‘em as I was afraid of eating one that wasn’t ripe... I wasn’t partial to the taste of alum.

When I was a kid, my dad would take me quail hunting. He always got excited when he found a wild persimmons tree. He’d look for ripe fruit and eat it with such relish! Then he’d grab a few to take home. I was suspicious of the fruit myself.

Now, for those of you who don’t know that handsome dog in the back of the pic, that’s my boy, Payton. He’s the love of my life... that is, after my husband of course.