Our fruit bowls are becoming more adventurous. Having embraced the kiwi, the mango and the pomegranate we are now, it seems, passionate about persimmons. Supermarkets including Asda reported sales of the yellowy-orange, usually tomato-shaped fruits more than doubled last year to more than 4m, making them the fastest-selling exotic fruit in the country.

The persimmon, sometimes called the sharon fruit (the slightly unfortunate name given to one of its varieties by Israeli growers) has much to commend it. Persimmons are high in beta carotine and minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron, and studies have found that they also contain twice as much dietary fibre per 100g as apples, plus more of the phenolic compounds thought to ward off heart disease.

It also tastes delicious – providing you know what you’re buying, and eat it at the right moment. Produced mainly, these days, in China, Korea and Japan, but with varieties also found in America, southern Europe and even Britain (where, known as the date-plum, it is has grown since 1629), there are actually two main types of persimmon: astringent, often called hachiya persimmon, and non-astringent, or fuyu.

You need to know which you’re dealing with: while non-astringent varieties can be eaten, firm and crisp, while barely ripe, the astringent kind – rich, sweet, spicy – are mouth-puckeringly tart until fully ripe. Fortunately, it’s not hard to tell when a hachiya persimmon is ripe, a process that may take several weeks: they should be so soft that their sweet, almost jelly-like flesh practically bursts through their skins. (You can hasten ripening by leaving persimmons in a paper bag along with an apple, which produces extra ethylene to soften the fruit.)

As far as eating them is concerned, fresh fuyus are generally firm enough to slice and munch like an apple (peel them if you prefer, but the skin is perfectly edible); they work well in salads or baked in pies and cakes. Hachiyas, on the other hand, are often too squishy to bite into without making a mess: better cut them in half and spoon out the flesh, or use them in jams or compotes.

Few British chefs seem to have yet discovered the joys of the persimmon, but American homemaking guru Martha Stewart , including watercress salad with persimmons and hazelnuts, persimmon white chocolate bread pudding and broiled persimmons with mascarpone.

Persimmon Tree Care: Learn How To Grow Persimmon Trees

Growing persimmons (Diospyros virginiana) is a great way to enjoy something different in the garden. Early explorers to American valued this tree, as did Native Americans who used the fruit, which hung on the tree into winter, for food during the cold months. The tree is very attractive and valued for both its wood and its fruit.

Bark forms in thick square blocks that resemble alligator skin. The wood is strong and resistant, used to make golf club heads, flooring, veneers and billiard cues. The fruit is sweet when left to ripen, and is similar in taste to an apricot. Growing persimmons is a fun and rewarding project for the home gardener. Learn more about persimmon tree growing conditions so you can grow these amazing fruits yourself.

Where Does Permission Grow?

The American persimmon, also known as the common persimmon, is native from Florida to Connecticut, west to Iowa and south to Texas. Persimmon trees can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. The American persimmon can tolerate temperatures down to -25 F. (-32 C.) while the Asian persimmon can tolerate winter temperatures down to zero. The Asian persimmon is grown commercially in the United States and can be found in nurseries that specialize in less common nuts and fruits.

How to Grow Persimmon Trees

You can grow persimmons from seeds, cuttings, suckers or grafts. Young seedlings that are one to two years in age can be transplanted to an orchard. The best quality, however, comes from grafted or budded trees.

An important factor for those wanting to know how to grow persimmon trees includes the type and number of trees to plant. The American persimmon tree requires both male and female for fruit while the Asian variety is self-fruiting. If you have a smaller garden space, consider the Asian persimmon.

The right persimmon growing conditions are not hard to find. These trees are not particularly picky about soil but do best with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5.

If you are interested in growing persimmons, choose a sunny spot that drains well.

Because persimmons have very deep taproots, be sure to dig a deep hole. Mix 8 inches of soil and loam in the bottom of the planting hole, then fill the hole with loam and native soil.

Persimmon Tree Care

There isn’t much to persimmon tree care other than watering. Water young trees well until established. Thereafter, keep them watered whenever there is no significant rainfall, such as periods of drought.

Don’t fertilize the tree unless it doesn’t appear to be thriving.

Although you can prune the tree to a central leader when young, very little pruning is required with older growing persimmons as long as they are bearing fruit.

Now that you know how to grow persimmon trees in the home garden, why not give these interesting fruits a try?

Persimmon Fruit Trees Gardening in Spain

Persimmon Fruit Trees “Persimmon” or “KAKI Persimmon” is the flavoursome Spanish variety (and registered trade mark) of the traditional, classic Kaki, or Persimmon (with a double ‘m’), which also includes the Sharon fruit. It is grown in Spain in the Ribera del Xúquer valley in the Valencia region.

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Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) is a “new” fruit to me. It’s odd – looks more like a tomato than an exotic fruit. The taste, however, is exquisite. Refreshingly sweet, the stone-free flesh resembles that of mangoes and peaches which is something of a surprise from a thing that so closely resembles a tomato…

KAKI Persimmon

The Persimmon has a gorgeous yellowy orange coloured skin that is easily peeled away to reveal the sweet orange flesh. The word Diospyros means “the fruit of the gods” in ancient Greek.

Persimmon Fruit Trees.

Persimmon salad

Best eaten fresh, it livens up any fruit salad with its bright colour and sweet taste, but can also be used in a range of recipes ranging from meat based dishes to desserts.

“Persimmon” or “KAKI Persimmon” is the flavoursome Spanish variety (and registered trade mark) of the traditional, classic Kaki, or Persimmon (with a double ‘m’), which also includes the Sharon fruit. It is grown in Spain in the Ribera del Xúquer valley in the Valencia region, where it is DO certified. So when growing our own, I guess we will have to call them persimmons with two m´s.

The Persimmon tree, also known as Kaki, is native to China and Japan, where it has been cultivated for centuries. It was introduced to Europe and California in the mid-19th century. In Europe, it is commercially grown in Italy, Spain and the south of France, but it is still most common in the Far East.

Persimmon Fruit Trees

Persimmon Fruit Trees flower

It is a multi-trunked or single-stemmed deciduous tree reaching a size of up to ten meters (30 ft.). The 2-2.5 cm wide flowers appear in the spring. Trees are typically either male or female, but some produce both types of flowers. Furthermore, the sexual expression of a tree may vary from year to year. It is a handsome ornamental with drooping leaves and branches that give it a languid, rather tropical appearance.

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FRUIT:

Persimmon trees typically do not bear until they are 3 to 6 years old. There are many varieties of persimmon fruits depending on the country they are grown in, but they are basically divided into two categories:

Astringent persimmons must be jelly soft before they are fit to eat, but if you leave them on the tree to soften and improve in quality, you will probably lose many fruits to the birds. So harvest when they are hard but fully coloured – they will ripen off the tree if stored at room temperature (and even quicker if they are placed in a plastic bag, together with an apple). Freezing the fruit overnight and then thawing softens the fruit and also removes the astringency.

Non-astringent persimmons: This variant of persimmonusually has seeds inside while the outside is firm in nature. A non-astringent persimmon can be eaten when it is crisp as an apple.

Non-astringent persimmons are ready to harvest when they are fully coloured, but for best flavour allow them to soften slightly after harvest. Even though the fruit is relatively hard when harvested, it will bruise easily, so handle with care. The non-astringent variety of persimmon has a crispy feel to it while the astringent variety is famous for its soft pulpy nature.

Persimmon Fruit Trees

Persimmon Fruit Trees culture

CULTURE

Location: Persimmons do best in areas that have moderate winters and relatively mild summers. Full sun with some air movement is recommended although they will tolerate some partial shade.

Soil: Persimmons can withstand a wide range of conditions as long as the soil is not overly salty, but does best in deep, well drained loam. A pH range of 6.5 to 7.5 is preferred. The tree has a strong tap root which may mean digging a deeper hole than usual when planting.

Irrigation: Persimmon trees will withstand short periods of drought, but the fruit will be larger and of higher quality with regular watering. Extreme drought will cause the leaves and fruit to drop prematurely.

Fertilization: Most trees do well with a minimum of fertilizing. Excess nitrogen can cause fruit drop. If mature leaves are not deep green and shoot growth is less than a foot per year, apply a balanced fertilizer such as a 10-10-10. Spread the fertilizer evenly under the canopy in late winter or early spring.

Persimmon Fruit Trees irrigation

Persimmon at maket

Irrigation: Persimmon trees will withstand short periods of drought, but the fruit will be larger and of higher quality with regular watering. Extreme drought will cause the leaves and fruit to drop prematurely.

Fertilization: Most trees do well with a minimum of fertilizing. Excess nitrogen can cause fruit drop. If mature leaves are not deep green and shoot growth is less than a foot per year, apply a balanced fertilizer such as a 10-10-10. Spread the fertilizer evenly under the canopy in late winter or early spring.

Pruning: Prune persimmon trees to develop a strong framework of main branches while the tree is young. Otherwise the fruit, which is borne at the tips of the branches, may be too heavy and cause breakage. Even though the trees grow well on their own, persimmons can be pruned heavily as a hedge, as a screen, or to control size. They even make a nice espalier.

In China, persimmon has been cultivated since time immemorial and is considered to have four virtues: it lives long, it gives a large area of shade, it is used by the birds as a nesting place, and it is not attacked by pests.

Persimmon Fruit Trees pruning

The location of fruiting and replacement wood on a Ruakura ‘Y’.

Persimmon

As with all fruit, persimmons have plenty of nutritional and health benefits. Not only do persimmons have twice as much fibre as an apple, they also contain high levels of vitamin A and C, antioxidants, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. The Japanese and Chinese credit the persimmon with being able to lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of clogging in the arteries, and often use them to treat the effects of a stroke.

And if all this is not enough to convince you to try one, the fruit is believed to be an alternative hangover cure. Drinking persimmon juice is widely believed to lower the density of alcohol in the blood. What a splendid way to start the “morning after”…

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Diospyros kaki ‘Fuyu’

  • Attributes: Genus: Diospyros Species: kaki Family: Ebenaceae Life Cycle: Perennial Woody Country Or Region Of Origin: Asia Wildlife Value: Fruits attract birds Edibility: Produces non-astringent fruit that is sweet, soft and tangy. Firm when ripens. It is a self-fruitful cultivar. Dimensions: Height: 20 ft. 0 in. – 30 ft. 0 in. Width: 20 ft. 0 in. – 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: Edible Tree Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Habit/Form: Rounded Spreading Growth Rate: Medium Maintenance: High
  • Fruit: Fruit Color: Orange Fruit Value To Gardener: Edible Long-lasting Showy Display/Harvest Time: Fall Winter Fruit Length: 1-3 inches Fruit Width: > 3 inches Fruit Description: A medium-sized, square-shaped, faintly 4-sided fruit that ripens in late fall with a deep-orange skin and a light orange flesh.
  • Flowers: Flower Color: Cream/Tan Gold/Yellow Pink Flower Inflorescence: Insignificant Flower Bloom Time: Spring Flower Petals: 4-5 petals/rays Flower Size: < 1 inch Flower Description: Female flowers are slightly fragrant, borne singly with four whitish petals that are about half an inch long. Male flowers are pink-toned appearing in clusters of three. They may or may not be on the same tree. It doesn’t need pollination to set seedless fruit.
  • Leaves: Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Leaf Color: Green Leaf Feel: Glossy Deciduous Leaf Fall Color: Gold/Yellow Orange Leaf Type: Simple Leaf Shape: Lanceolate Obovate Leaf Margin: Entire Hairs Present: No Leaf Length: 3-6 inches Leaf Width: 3-6 inches Leaf Description: The leaves are glossy green and 4-5 inches long which turn yellow to orange in fall.
  • Stem: Stem Color: Brown/Copper Stem Is Aromatic: No Stem Lenticels: Conspicuous Stem Description: Dark rich brown with large lenticels.
  • Landscape: Landscape Location: Naturalized Area Landscape Theme: Edible Garden Winter Garden Design Feature: Flowering Tree Resistance To Challenges: Drought Problems: Messy

Persimmon

Persimmon, either of two trees of the genus Diospyros (family Ebenaceae) and their edible fruits. Persimmons are eaten fresh as a dessert fruit, often with sugar or liqueur, or are stewed or cooked as jam.

American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana).H.R. Hungerford

The Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki), an important and extensively grown fruit in China and Japan, where it is known as kaki, was introduced into France and other Mediterranean countries in the 19th century and grown to a limited extent there. Introduced into the United States a little later, it is now grown commercially in California and in the Gulf states, mainly in home gardens. The fruit, 5–8 cm (2–3 inches) or more in diameter, yellow to red in colour, somewhat resembles a tomato in appearance and contains vitamin A with lesser amounts of vitamin C. Except for such varieties as Fuyu, the fruit tends to be highly astringent until soft-ripe. The trees will tolerate temperatures down to about −18 °C (0 °F).

Japanese persimmonsFruits ripening on a Japanese persimmon tree (Diospyros kaki).© DigiPub—Moment/Getty Images

The American persimmon (D. virginiana) is a small tree, occasionally up to 10 metres (33 feet) in height, that grows from the Gulf states north to central Pennsylvania and central Illinois. The fruit is 3–5 cm (1.2–2 inches) in diameter, usually rather flattened, and dark red to maroon in colour. Most fruits contain several rather large flattened seeds. The American persimmon’s fruit is generally considered more flavourful in its softened state than the Japanese species, and considerable quantities are gathered from the wild. A number of superior kinds have been named and propagated and are grown commercially.

American persimmonAmerican, or common, persimmon (Diospyros virginiana).Pollinator

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