Nowadays I see persimmons (柿子) come in different sizes. The normal size persimmons and the "mini"-sized persimmons. The mini ones look cute, and resemble tomato from afar. I think the taste is similar to the normal-sized persimmons (never buy or tasted the small ones yet). The colour varies from light yellow orange to dark red orange. The prices over here varies with supplies and stocks in the market.
The raw persimmons are hard, crunchy and not so tasty. The ripe ones are very soft and sweet, and... the juice might dribble all over when one takes a bite on it. I like eating the half ripe or partially-ripe persimmons ~ firm, crunchy and semi-sweet . What is your preference?
Dried persimmons is available in the market. Handy (and healthy?) snacks. I have written a post on persimmon farm few months ago during my previous visit to Cameron Highlands. Pictures of the persimmon trees are available in the previous post.
Yeah, persimmon is also known as Sharon Fruit or Kaki (If I'm not mistaken, Kaki = Japanese name for persimmon). I think persimmon is known as "Pisang Kaki" in Malay language. (But.. Pisang = banana and Kaki = leg. Mmmm.... I can't see the resemblance.. Wonder how the name derived..)