This Finicky West Virginia Fruit Is The Tastiest Snack, As Long As It’s Over-Ripe

Wild fruit abounds in West Virginia. Native Americans knew this and took full advantage of what they could harvest each spring, summer, and fall to help tide them through the winter. Traditional Appalachian culture knew it, too; from herbs to roots to fruit, our Mountain Mamas (and Maw-Maws) had a recipe for every kind of foraged edible. And that included a late fall fruit that, when eaten in the early stages of rot, earned the nickname “Fruit of the gods.”

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Have you ever tried a persimmon? You can find them ripening from late September all the way through November in some areas; but like we said above, just make sure they’re nice and soft before you try them (they will ripen on the counter if you do happen to get your hands on one that doesn’t seem quite squishy enough). You can learn more about persimmons, bezoars, and the like on Wikipedia here.

Not into wild fruit? Then head on over to Fish Hawk Acres Market in Buckhannon and purchase some tasty, local fruit to enjoy instead.

Address: West Virginia, USA