Episode #152 | Original Air Date: September 29, 2020
Oriental persimmons were introduced to Florida in the mid-1800s and have been enjoyed ever since. The savory orange-colored fruits are high in fiber, as well as vitamins A and C.
Oriental persimmons are classified as either astringent or non-astringent. Astringent cultivars must be completely ripe and soft before they’re suitable for eating. Non-astringent types can be eaten when fully ripe or while still firm. The fruits ripen from August to December.
Persimmon trees are best suited for Central and North Florida. Plant yours in full sun in well-drained soil. They prefer a neutral or slightly acidic soil.
Persimmons can withstand short periods of drought, but do best with properly scheduled watering.
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