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Wild Persimmon Haul
« on: November 09, 2015, 06:38:32 PM »
I have always been on the lookout for wild Diospyros virginiana since finally tasting my first ripe one a few years ago.
These are excellent fruits.
Usually the ones I find are the size of table grapes.
But this weekend I found some trees in a state park that had massive fruits (comparatively). These were youngish trees - about 6 inches in diameter and 12 feet tall.
They were randomly occurring along the banks of a lake. No appearance of being planted intentionally.

Here's a picture showing the scale. The smaller persimmon is one taken off a "normal" tree (albeit it's been on my counter about a week so has shriveled a little).


The color was more orange than the common fruits I encounter. The flavor was excellent - super juicy and sweet. Not as "spicy" as the smaller common fruits, though. Of course the flesh to seed ratio was awesome in these...lots of gooey flesh with 5-6 seeds per fruit.

I climbed the trees and ended up with about 3-4 pounds of fruit which I later processed and made into a pie (mmm) with 3 cups of pulp left in the freezer. Persimmon Pudding next!!

Has anyone else encountered wild persimmons this big? I was pretty shocked....

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Re: Wild Persimmon Haul
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2015, 10:48:35 AM »
The one on the right is a bit bigger than the ones I've seen in my area. Most persimmons I've ever seen are only about 60-70% as big as Gigantor there.

Seems like it's been a bad year for persimmons here. The trees around my house, which were loaded last year, are almost barren and the season is still young. I'm starting to wonder if the pollinators took a hit this year, or maybe it was the dry spell we had from August-October.

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Re: Wild Persimmon Haul
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2015, 11:58:10 AM »
My first Post I am actually interested in seeking out different fruits that may be good commercially
or just good cultivars Do you have any seeds to share?

I actually visited this site before, but after reading you post decided to join.

Mainly with me I have always been interested in breeding plants,
(I'm short for time right know, but could explain more about that later. I liked certain plants as a teenager.)

Speaking about different plants I had my First paw paw years ago, and ALWAYS busy with work (as a caregiver) had to relay on forums to get seeds
Since I no longer work everyday A few years ago went to Ohio to paw paw fest 
(it costs a lot $180 then, but this year I booked 2 buses for 35, but missed my bus though hahaha),
 and One Pawpaw I got had only 3 seeds (the size of a hass avocado  (actually someone threw the huge bag of ALL  the different seeds cold stratifying in the fridge out while I was out of state In Louisiana  Oh well. there will always be more time to try again, but I just hope I will find one like that agian)

Ahve you heard of The web site with culivars called persimmin pudding
http://www.persimmonpudding.com/recipes/puddings.html
« Last Edit: November 18, 2015, 12:10:17 PM by Francis_Eric »

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Re: Wild Persimmon Haul
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2015, 12:01:55 PM »
oops this is the cultivar list
Oh I didn't know your know was triloba tracker (are you referring to Asimina triloba?) --
I plan on writing KYSU about seeds Since I missed my Buses to pawpaw fest for seeds..

http://www.persimmonpudding.com/cultivate/cultivars/cultivars.html

 

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