The lovely and little known persimmon is the focus of a festival, known as the Persimmon Party, held annually on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Society in Taylorville, IL. This is a unique event in that it is one of only 3 such festivals for the persimmon in the U.S. Persimmons seemingly have diminished in importance and usage to the American public over the years and cultivation of the trees is not as prominent at it once was even though the tasty fruit has many important food and medicinal properties. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimmon .
Every year, when the persimmons ripen, members of the Chrisitan County Historical Society http://www.taylorville.net/Historical_Society.htm gather and “pulp” the persimmons and package and freeze the pulp and have it waiting for the folks who attend the Persimmon Party to purchase and take home to use in delectable dishes for their table. What a great addition to your Thanksgiving Dinner. This year the Annual Persimmon Party will be November 12 and 13, 2011. What a great time to come to Taylorville for fun , food and festivities. There are always a variety of foods, made from the persimmon pulp, to sample maybe including Persimmon Drop Cookies and Persimmon Pudding as shown belowCookies and Persimmon Pudding as shown below. The Christian County Historical Society has two Persimmon Cookbooks for sale to provide ideas about how to use the persimmon pulp you purchase during your visit.
The Christian County Historical Society grounds are comprised of a variety of buildings of historical value including a Bee Castle and the original Christian County Courthouse in which Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit. Please take the time to pay a visit to our Facebook Page and like us. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-County-Illinois-Historical-Society-and-Museum/137053123008672
Come to Christian County Illinois for fun, history and good times. The county seat of Christian County is Taylorville, Illinois where you will find all sorts of restaurants, lodging and even more history. We are located just 30 minutes from both Springfield and Decatur, Illinois.