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Bare Root Persimmons
Our persimmons are oriental varieties, the type usually sold in markets. Persimmons need little chill and they are cold hardy to USDA Zones 7 to 10. The trees are a great addition to the landscape. They have lovely fall color and, after the leaves drop, the bright orange fruits remain on the tree. The prime difference in varieties involves whether or not the fruit is astringent. If it is, it must ripen to the soft stage to be edible.
For ideas on using and preserving persimmons, Elizabeth Schneider’s book Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables is very informative. Persimmons are used in puddings, cakes, cookies and salads. They taste like candy when dried and, for an unusual breakfast, add some sliced Fuyu persimmons and a handful of pomegranate seeds to your bowl of cereal!