once fully ripe [soft]
they are sweet and kinda taste like mango.
not fully ripe they are astringent [pucker up]
Haven't had a persimmon in maybe 35 years( My grandfather knew where the persimmon trees were in his strech of woods), but I do remember that the ones that were good to eat seemed to almost be rotten they were so soft.
Paw Paws were the other wild fruit that I remember my grandfather introducing me to. Found any of those yet?