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Persimmons

peppypoblanopeppypoblano Posts: 92
edited September 2018 in Growing Food
Where are you located?  I’m in northern CA and people grow persimmons but I’ve not seen wild ones.  Pic?

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  • peppypoblanopeppypoblano Posts: 92
    edited September 2018
  • peppypoblanopeppypoblano Posts: 92
    edited September 2018
    We are in north central Arkansas.  They are everywhere here.  A favorite among the raccoons.
  • alindsay22alindsay22 Posts: 127 ✭✭✭
    edited September 2018
    Love it, thanks!  People grow the Asian varieties here.
  • WendyWendy Posts: 20
    edited September 2018
    Is there a cold hardy persimmon?  I haven't tried finding any yet.  I'm just getting started on my fruit and nut tree adventures.
  • peppypoblanopeppypoblano Posts: 92
    edited September 2018
    Alindsay22 ours are American persimmons.  They are smaller than the Asian variety.

    Wendy, I'm not sure if there are cold hardy varieties.  I have read the naturalized ones can be found as far north as Connecticut but short of that I don't really know.
  • EarlKellyEarlKelly Penn state master gardener Northeastern Pennsylvania zone 5bPosts: 227 ✭✭✭

    Got one in my fruit tree shipment this spring by mistake. Grew pretty good. Just outside the normal grow zone for this persimmon. Will see if I can coax it along here in northeast PA. Will find out in the spring. Anxious to see. Will watch to learn more about persimmons as I am not familiar with them at all. Thanks for the info.

  • maimovermaimover Posts: 278 ✭✭✭

    Growing up the family across the street from me had a persimmon tree. I remember eating them as kids and thinking they were so bitter but w r really didn’t know if they were even ripe. So many of the wild plants, trees, and bushes were loaded with fruits; what a great time!

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 441 ✭✭✭✭

    @EarlKelly There's a recent discussion (thread) on persimmons you might find interesting. Just search Persimmons.

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 1,253 admin

    We have tons of wild persimmons here in NC! I only harvest after the first frost, so they won't be bitter. They are so, very good! I have persimmon jam and even old persimmon wine recipes, but I usually eat them out of hand. You have to get all the little specs out or they become super bitter again when cooked. So, now I am scouting trees to harvest - they are really full this year, which is a sign of a hard winter to come. Finding the trees serves a dual purpose, as the fruit attracts a lot of game for hunting. I keep a mental map of all persimmon, apple and hickory nut trees in the areas where I can hunt!

  • Mary Linda BittleMary Linda Bittle Posts: 615 ✭✭✭✭

    Wild persimmons grew all over southern Missouri, where I grew up. Mom likes them better than I do. The winters get pretty cold there, and you had to wait until a hard frost to harvest them. Mom generally didn't cook with them, but would harvest a bag to eat.

  • VickiPVickiP Posts: 428 ✭✭✭✭

    The best bread/cake I ever made was with native persimmons and black walnuts. They are delicious.

  • EarlKellyEarlKelly Penn state master gardener Northeastern Pennsylvania zone 5bPosts: 227 ✭✭✭

    @merlin44 finally got a chance to check out the thread on persimmons. Thanks for the info.

  • merlin44merlin44 Posts: 441 ✭✭✭✭

    @EarlKelly I love any food that falls from the sky like persimmons do. LOL

    @VickiP Can you share the recipe?

  • VickiPVickiP Posts: 428 ✭✭✭✭

    @merlin44 It was a zucchini bread recipe I just used persimmon pulp instead of zucchini and added black walnuts. I don't have the exact recipe now but I would think any banana or zucchini bread recipe would work. It is a wonderful combination. I no longer eat bread or cake so no joy for me, I might make some for my husband though.

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