Fuyu persimmons are a tomato-shaped fruit that are seasonally available in fall and winter. Despite their appearance, they are interestingly categorized as a botanical berry. Persimmons have a thin orange skin with flesh that changes texture from crisp-crunchy to tender and succulent as they ripen. They have a sweet flavor that is a blend of apricot, mango, papaya, and apple with a hint of citrus. Fuyu persimmons, unlike other persimmon varieties, are not astringent when unripe and can thus be eaten at all stages of ripeness. Persimmons are best ripened at room temperature and can be sped up by submerging the fruit in uncooked rice.