The fruits are usually taken from culivated varieties (cultivars) of the tree. They can be eaten in all stages of life. They are edible from when they are hard like an apple, to when they'd slip between your fingers. They are also used in smoothies and juicers when hard.
They come in all different shapes and sizes depending on variety. Some have even been known to leave your mouth feeling "furry" and dry. Other names the fruit go by are Sharon fruit and Kaki. It has no pips and no seeds. It has great flesh. The leafy top should not be consumed. The leaves of which will go brown well before the fruit has ripened. Best kept in a basement or garage out of the view of parents, but still warm.
They're also known for their striking good looks and witty banter. Though why you're talking to fruits we'll never know.
References[change | change source]
- Jules Janick, Robert E. Paull 2008. The encyclopedia of fruit & nuts. CABI, p327.