Autumn is here when I, and the parrots, get the first persimmons. The parrots, I must admit, start eating well before my Fuji fruit are fully ripe but they provide an early warning system, time to bag and net off the fruit I want, leaving a share for them. They are however starting to get rather sneaky and trying to get their head inside the bags or crawl in through gaps in the netting. The apples were bagged quite a while ago well before they even started to ripen, in order to save them from fruit fly and from the birds.
The Fuji persimmons can be eaten while still firm like an apple and used in salads. Greens, finger lime caviar, macadamia nuts, peeled persimmon cut in chunks, olive oil , freshly ground pepper, fresh goat curd or feta or parmesan (NB while I peel the fruit, it is not really necessary, just wash and use.) Can also serve slices with the cheese course. I prefer however to leave the fruit until it is very soft and then spoon out the pulp to have as is, or every so often with clotted cream, ice cream or mascarpone. The pulp can also be used in cakes or puddings but the cooking seems to remove all taste of persimmon, although does affect the texture.
Golden Delicious apples are best fresh i e not stored for too long. They are wonderful cooked and seem to hold their shape fairly well rather than collapsing into mush. I eat fresh and cooked in all sorts of ways, especially in salads, apple pies, tarte tatin and cakes.