We thought we would take the time to highlight a true delight in this world: the persimmon. The persimmon fruit comes from a range of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. Some of the most common species include an Asian type- Diospyros kaki- and an American type- Diospyros virginia. If you ever have found persimmon fruit in a grocery store, it is almost definitely from the Diospyros kaki species. However both the Asian species and the American species can be grown in different growing zones in the United States.
When fully ripe, they taste like the gooeyest, sweetest date there ever was, but you have to be careful! If eaten before they are fully ripe they can be severely astringent (mouth drying). A little bit of patience to wait until the fruit is fully squishy and ripe will be rewarded with the most delicious treat!
As if these super sugary, gooey morsels of pure bliss weren’t sweet enough, we think they are even sweeter because they extend the fruit season into dead winter. That’s right! Whether it is the Asian persimmon or the American persimmon (for colder climates) the persimmon tree clings to its fruits often through January and after the tree has gone dormant, providing its lucky fruit pickers with fresh fruit even when there is snow on the ground.
We are very delighted that some of our Community Fruit Tree recipients have planted persimmons for their communities, and we encourage you to grow your own, too. Between the two varieties, persimmons can be grown all across the US. Not only that, but the American persimmon is truly an American native, so you may be lucky and happen to stumble upon one during a wintry stroll through the woods. Keep an eye out for those beautiful orange gems hanging from bare branches. Talk about the prettiest Christmas tree bearing the most wonderful gifts!
Have you ever had a persimmon? It might just be one of your favorite fruits and you just don’t know it yet!
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