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Traditional Persimmon Desserts And Winemaking At Oliver

The catawba grapes we harvested last week are now being turned into wine at the Oliver Winery. And, persimmon desserts are favorites during the fall in Indiana.


Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

Tracy Branam foraged for these persimmons near his house in southern Indiana. He is selling them by the container at the local farmers market.

You could be drinking this bottle of wine before Christmas for sure. I’m hoping to bottle this in the early part of December.

That’s Oliver Winery’s winemaker Dennis Dunham. He’s working with some catawba grapes we watched bring harvested in last week’s episode. He says it’s a quick turnaround process, from grape to wine. Dunham shows us around the Oliver facility today and lets us do some tasting.

Before that, Harvest Public Media tackles a topic dairy farmers have been struggling with — to dock or not dock their cows’ tails.

Then, Traditional Arts Indiana brings us a story about the tradition of making persimmon pudding from a couple Indiana experts.

Forager Tracy Branam says he competes with raccoons and possums when searching for persimmons.

And, Margaret Nelson will take a turn in the kitchen making a persimmon panna cotta.

Stories On This Episode

Here’s The Short Story On Cow Tails

cow tail

Cow tail docking as a practice was introduced in the New Zealand dairy industry in the early 1900s.

Fall At The Oliver Winery, Part 2: From Grapes To Wine

Winemaker Dennie Dunham at Oliver Winery

Catawba grapes harvested from Creekbend Vineyards are transported 15 minutes away to Oliver Winery's wine making facility to be transformed into a rosé.

‘Tis The Season: Foraging For Persimmons And Walnuts

forager Tracy Branam at the farmers market

Fall is a special time of year for foragers like Tracy Branam. These days he's on the hunt for persimmons and walnuts.

Second Servings: Persimmon Pudding


Indiana has many signature sweets – sugar cream pie, apple butter, strawberry rhubarb pie, but there is maybe none more ubiquitous than persimmon pudding.

Persimmon Panna Cotta

persimmon panna cotta

This dessert tastes like fall in Indiana. Enjoy it as a light ending to any meal.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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