My verdict: The persimmons were nice and sweet. As for the pudding, I was expecting it to be gooey, like Jell-O. But it was more like a cake. Given the etymology of the word , I guess this shouldn't have surprised me. It was okay, but not nearly as good as the fresh persimmons were by themselves. In fact, I couldn't detect the persimmons in the pudding at all; it might as well have just been a spice cake.
 Had I tried a hachiya persimmon first, I surely would've remembered the encounter. Read my review here.
 See http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1134/is_6_115/ai_n26919247/pg_3/?tag=content;col1. It's from the wife of the infamous zoologist, Alfred C. Kinsey.
 See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimmon#Select species.
 See http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=pudding. Indeed, in the UK pudding often refers to dishes that aren't even desserts, e.g. black pudding, steak and kidney pudding, Yorkshire pudding, etc.