Persimmons sure are yummy... but if you don't catch them right, they can "sting" your tongue with that astringent flavor. We got a LOT of the pointy-bottom persimmons from a neighbor this year. We figured out that there are two ways to avoid that off-putting taste: 1. to wait until they are so so so soft, like a water balloon, before eating them; or 2. to FREEZE them and defrost them. That taste doesn't survive the freezer. Weird, but true.