Persimmon

Persimmons (Diospyros kaki, of the family Ebenaceae) are native to the Far East and were originally cultivated in China and Japan. Today persimmons are cultivated in Europe, the Mediterranean, the United States, and many other warm parts of the world. The fruit resembles a tomato in size and shape and has a fruity, tart, astringent flavor. Another variety, D. lotus, cultivated in Asia, is also known as the Chinese date plum. In the United States, another native species, D. virginiana, occurs, but its fruit is much smaller and inferior to D. kaki. All commercial plantings in the United States are based on D. kaki and are known as the Oriental or Japanese persimmon. They are usually eaten raw or processed into juice or nectar.

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