…you can drink persimmons too? Plenty of Americans in the East and Southeast once did. As mentioned, persimmons, when ripe, are incredibly sweet fruits. Only dates contains more natural glucose. And where there is sugar there is (at least potentially) alcohol, yes? Those who were with me through last month’s posts on apple cider know exactly how this process works. Juice a ripe persimmon and “‘simmon” beer or wine are only a few ticks of the clock away. Both were extremely popular types of homemade hooch in 18th and 19th centuries.