In a Bountiful Basket I got a few weeks ago they gave us about half a dozen persimmons. I had never eaten one before, and had to look up what they even were. When they came, they were quite hard, but I put them in my kitchen window for a while and they softened up. When I finally ate one, I was in heaven. It was delicious!
The next time I ordered a Basket, they had an option to purchase an entire case of persimmons, so I did! I found all sort of great recipes to try with them. Cookies, bread, cake, pie, smoothies, you name it. I did eat one of them hard, and decided that they are much better when soft.
The first recipe I tried was a persimmon pie for early Thanksgiving (the Saturday before because my grandma was leaving on a cruise). It turned out pretty good. The flavor was nice, but they were still a bit too crunchy for my taste.
Second was a persimmon birthday cake for my sister-in-law's birthday. It was very dense, but still tasty, with cream cheese frosting. It uses a puree of the fruit, not chunks. My niece came over and helped me decorate.
I still have most of the case that I need to get canned or frozen, but they are all still good and hard and seem to be lasting. Hopefully I will have a little free time soon.