Thursday, November 13, 2014

Common Persimmon

Common Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana
Persimmons are found in southern Indiana, so I don't know how I ended up with them in my front yard in northern Indiana.  My yard is a couple of acres of "natural" habitat, so things show up on their own.   Somehow a seed managed to get planted there and then multiplied to about a half dozen small trees.  There was only one year when they got ripe enough to eat.  Every other year they never make it to the ripe point, and an unripe persimmon is no good at all!

Southern folks wax poetic about the persimmon, generally calling the "simmons".  They write songs about them, often associated with animals such as "possums" and "coons".  In general, they don't like using the first syllable of these words.  They do make a good pudding out of the ripe fruits!

The green fruits are terrible!
Note the blocky pattern of the bark

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