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Article: The American and Asian Persimmons - Pucker Up for the Fruit of the Gods: astringency

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treesmoocher
Spencer, WV

December 17, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9360522

I live in WV, zone 6, and have some wild persimmons on my ridgetop, clay, poorly drained land. There are also some grafted ones, with Meador and a cross with the black persimmon--perhaps because apparently those have a different number of chromosomes, these are seedless as well as bigger. Considering I've found no good way of removing seeds from my sometimes abundant crops of wild persimmons, I see the seedless trait as a huge advantage. The astringency is also a large problem, because it seems so unpredictable. Sometimes I get lots of excellent fruit in August--and when the fruit is fresh and non-astringent it really is the fruit of the gods. This year i got good fruit in August and September, but then the main crops was almost all astringent--I noticed most of these had at least part of the peel covered with a bluish, leathery patch which i figure has something to do with it. These trees get black spot on the leaves pretty bad, perhaps because of the heavy soil and dubious drainage. We are playing around with grafting seedlings, in hopes of getting better varieties--I'd like to understand what causes the astringency, and if there is a tool capable of separating pulp from seeds.
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

December 17, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9360542

Good questions.

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