News Release
 November 21, 2018
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. –Tired of talking turkey and want to avoid the dreaded politics debate around the Thanksgiving table this year? Why not turn your guest’s attention to a different and delectable topic. Persimmons!

The persimmon is the edible fruit that is available at your local Tops and while it looks like a cross between a tomato and an apple, it’s a species all of its own. Grown on trees, it is most commonly cultivated of the Asian or Japanese variety but is grown in the U.S. as far west as California and from Florida to Connecticut. It is noted that early Americans and Native Americans used this fruit during the cold winter months as it lasted later into the growing season because the persimmon can tolerate temperatures as low as zero degrees!*

What is most unique about persimmon, beyond their appearance and endurance to fluctuating climates, is its taste which is sweet, especially the longer you let it ripen, which is similar to that of an apricot. Slice it in half and display it on your thanksgiving spread and enjoy its beautiful star like center.

Persimmons are now available at your local Tops Friendly Markets. Check out or for great recipe ideas of how you can even incorporate persimmon into your holiday spread.


About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 14,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at

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