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    Taste of persimmon

    Hi
    Could you kindly let me know the word that's used to describe the taste of a persimmon when it's still not ripe enough. I've tried but I haven't found a good word for that.
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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    How about sharp?

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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about sharp?
    Don't we use sharp to mean it's got an acidic type of taste?
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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    I have no idea what the taste of an unripe persimmon is like, but I'll guess "bitter".

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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    Unripe persimmon, much like crab apples or a dry white wine, has the effect of drying the palate.

    It's not as sour as a lemon or as bitter as a bitter melon.

    So, the best description I can think of is that it has a "tart" taste. The word "taut" is some times used in place of "tart".


    Adults who have been scrumping for apples/pears/plums/grapes in their childhood will be well familiar with that particular taste sensation.

    If you are from an oriental country, then you will know to eat "tart" fruits with a dash of salt to minimise the taste effects.
    

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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    I like "tart" for this description but I have never heard "taut" used as an alternative.

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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    Tart is much better than my suggestion.

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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    Hi
    Today I heard "astringent" from my colleagues. I checked the meaning in Webster-dictionary.org (it seems this meaning can be found in a Webster dictionary, because I didn't find it in Oxford).

    Astringency (n):a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker (I found it in thefreedictionary.com)

    Astringent (adj): drawing together the tissues; binding; contracting; astringent taste; astringent fruit.


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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    You didn't find the word "astringent" in the OED?!

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    Re: Taste of persimmon

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You didn't find the word "astringent" in the OED?!
    It's there - and in the COD and the OALD.

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