In October through early November, the persimmons ripen at the Manship House.  Similar to the common persimmon that grows wild in the south, this variety is a Japanese persimmon, a medium size fruit tree grown for ornamental use.  By the late nineteenth century, many varieties of persimmons were brought to the United States from Asia.  The fruit of this particular variety contains tannins that make it extremely astringent, and must be very ripe before it can be eaten.  Wild persimmons are smaller and contain more seeds, with the same tannins that can cause your mouth to pucker.