Friday, 3 January 2014

Diospyros kaki

Diospyros kaki Persimmon kaki/ Sharon fruit

This tree, native to China, seen here in it's autumn colours is very popular in Spain. It can grow to a height of 2-10metres and flowers from May to July. The fruits ripen in the autumn. It is one of the oldest plants in cultivation, known to have been in China 2,000 years ago. Woe betide you if you try to eat it before it is ripe, as it is very fibrous and bitter before it turns red after harvesting. When properly ripe, it is a very sweet fruit.

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