[NAFEX] Persimmons

Judson Frisk jlfrisk at iowatelecom.net
Sun Apr 15 16:14:53 EDT 2007

Bill   I live in western Iowa and have a persimmon that is about 30 feet
tall plus one male pollinator.  My persimmon is an American variety.  I pick
the fruit off the tree when ripe or when they have dropped on the ground.
When ripe they taste somewhat like butterscotch.  I like eating them a lot.
I usually don't bother with collecting large amounts for cooking.  My oldest
daughter really liked them so I would take her an ice cream bucket to eat at
college.  Judson L. Frisk

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of William C. Garthright
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007 9:27 AM
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Subject: [NAFEX] Persimmons

Recently, there's been some talk on the list about persimmons - oriental 
vs American, astringent vs non-astringent. I've never even seen a 
persimmon, and I have no idea what they taste like. Anyone care to fill 
me in? Are they good for fresh eating, right off the tree?

I've seen in catalogs American persimmons that are supposed to be hardy 
to zone 5, or even zone 4, but not the oriental persimmons, I believe. 
And some say they're self-pollinating (I'm not sure I'd want to plant 
two, since I'm running out of room). But I'm not sure if they'd put up 
with our Nebraska climate. Or really be worth the space for my purposes.


Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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