[NAFEX] fuyu persimmons
garden at leereich.com
Sat Dec 8 10:58:41 EST 2007
Here in Zone 5, I grow delectable American persimmons. They are like
dried apricots that have been soaked in water, dipped in honey, and
then given a dash of spice. The two varieties that I recommend for
hardiness, earliness, and great flavor are Szukis and Mohler. More on
persimmons, Asian and American, in my book Uncommon Fruits fro Every
Lee Reich, PhD
Books by Lee Reich:
The Pruning Book
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year
On Dec 8, 2007, at 7:48 AM, Alan Haigh wrote:
> Yes, a couple thousand years of selective breeding can sure make a
> difference. I'm a huge fan of the fuyu non-astringent type
> persimmon. Biting into one, firm but not quite hard, bright orange
> and sweet as a mango, I almost regret leaving California. I cut
> down my native cultivars a few years ago (Early Golden, Meader,
> Garretson) because to me they weren't paying their rent- they were
> just OK.
> But my single astringent kaki- now that's another story. I've
> never gotten a single fruit off that tree but every year I pop it
> out of the soil- it's roots are somewhat contained in a Whitcomb
> fabric bag- and cart it over to the root-cellar for winter storage
> with my much more generous figs. I must have first received that
> tree over a decade ago and still not a single piece of fruit- never
> had much luck with establishing persimmons in CA come to think of
> it. But I was a mere novice then, depending on instructions from
> Sunset Magazine
> But now I have 2 decades more experience and resources like the
> Nafex List. So I'm shouting out, have any of you successfully
> harvested Kaki's, especially the non astringents, in a zone 6A or
> colder? I'm interested in hands-on results here not researched
> info- I have all of that that I need. I know that there are some
> very cold hardy varieties and where to order them. I'm also
> willing to continue my experiments with winter protected plants.
> Have any of you out there succeeded where anticipation has been my
> only harvest?
> I'm in zone 6A
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