This year, the US market will see some New Zealand Fuyu available for the next few weeks. California Fuyu is not due for another week or two, and New Zealand has decided to try and fill the gap before the California Fuyu season begins.
In the meantime, so-called 'Chocolate' Fuyu is now available alongside the New Zealand Fuyu. "Our persimmons have been available since September 7," said Cole Firman of Coosemans LA. "New Zealand Fuyu is already here to fill a small gap between California seasons. Currently, there are only Chocolate persimmons available out of California, so New Zealand took a chance to send their Fuyu variety. We just received word that California Fuyu will possibly arrive from next week."
Once the California Fuyu start however, Firman said it will be difficult for the New Zealand fruit to compete and they will then retreat to their traditional markets. "New Zealand has now cancelled future shipments to us because of the imminent arrival of the California crop. So once we sell out, New Zealand is done and they will then redirect fruit to the Asian market," he noted. - Read on . . .