Tell your wife that another converted Hoosier joins her in her dislike of these nasty little devils!!
We have three Persimmon Trees on one side of our property, Two very large and one about 15 ft tall so far. They put out a huge crop of fruit each year. We made Persimmon Pudding and bread and some other stuff one season, but never again. I don't care much for the taste and the work involved in the processing of that cling-pitted fruit was quite a task.
One year we did have some folks from this area pick/pick up fruit, but we don't even get a good reaction to a sign posted on our road that invites people to pick free Persimmons!
We have apples and crab-apples, pears, apricots, cherries and various berries, all of which I tend to each year and love the results. But the Persimmons are not on my list of best-loved crops! The worst part is after the frost when a lot of them drop at once...running the mower thru that grass is just plain Yuckie !!