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Plant Profile: Persimmon

Excerpt from Wikipedia: The persimmon is the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. The most widely cultivated of these is the Oriental persimmon, Diospyros kaki – among the most commonly human-grown fruit trees on Earth.

Size: 15 to 60 feet tall.

Uses: Dried fruit, vinegar, leaf tea, pies, baked goods, curries, medicine, insect repellent, and wood for paneling, golf clubs, musical instruments, and furniture.

Companions: Mint, chives, borage, comfrey, strawberries, marigolds, calendula.

Habitat: Moist, fertile soils - native to eastern, southern, and midwestern United States. Food source for bears, foxes, skunks, opossums, raccoons, deer, rodents, and numerous birds. Some animals will travel long distances to eat persimmons.

Harvest: Late fall through winter, when fruit is easy to remove and is yellow, orange, or dark brown (depending on variety).

Fun Fact: In Korean folklore, the dried persimmon has a reputation for scaring away tigers.

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