Fuyu Persimmon

One of my favorite fruits is the Fuyu Persimmon.  My Mother has a beautiful tree that produces a huge crop of Persimmons every September.  The Fuyu is a non-astringent type of Persimmon making it edible both before and after fully ripening, where most other varieties, including the American Persimmons are astringent varieties, which means they are only edible after they soften and are fully ripened.

The Fuyu Persimmon is a deep orange fruit that is firm, crispy and sweet when not fully ripe and darker, jelly-like and amazingly sweet when fully ripe.  I prefer to eat them right on the edge of ripeness, when the first start to soften.

The fruit fits in the palm of a hand, slightly smaller than an apple and looks kind of like a like a mini-pumpkin.  The Fuyu Persimmon is seedless, I usually peel the thin skin and eat raw like a apple.  I have also enjoyed some Persimmon Jelly.

Fuyu Persimmons are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin A, manganese and fiber, especially soluble fiber. It contains a fair amount of some of the B-complex vitamins, potassium and calcium.

I am planting many types of Persimmons on the 40 Acre Woods.  But the Fuyu will always be my favorite.

 

 

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6 Responses to Fuyu Persimmon

  1. Erica says:

    Hello,

    I just read your bio and I am curious as to what you think. I want to do what you are doing basically, but not on 40 acres of land (since I can’t afford that, at least not yet). I want to have small farm for my family with medicinal herbs and edible wild and captive plants. I’d like to have a cow, 6 goats, and a few hens with a roaster (goats and hen enough for products such as eggs and cheese, a cow just for my family). But the majority of my land will be used for plants. I am looking into doing common plants with vertical hydroponics and the rest of my plants out in the open. How much land do you suppose I get? I also wish to grow coconuts, papaya, and other southern plants but I am not sure if they will grow upstate in FL. Where do you think the best place to buy land is in FL (north, central, or south FL). I also wish to live at least an hour away from a big city, because I do graphic design as a source of income. What do you think the best suggestion is, and do you know of any good websites you could recommend to me? I am fairly new to the term wildcaft, but I have always done it unconsciously and I wish to do it as a group to learn more and share our knowledge :). I am going to start taking up TCM so that I may heal people along the way if they need healing. Initially, I wanted to become a naturopathist, but of course FL doesn’t allow licensing.

    Hope to bump into you and your family someday :),

    Erica

    • Brian says:

      the best pricing for land is in north Florida along I-10. The only big city on this would be Jacksonville for jobs.
      I currently live and work in central Florida along I-4 during the week. Plenty of work and jobs in Tampa/St. Pete, Lakeland or Orlando. The weather here will allow you to grow almost anything including many very tropical fruits with a little cover a few days a year.
      You can find everything in south Florida. Any tropical fruit will grow there, but the traffic and congestion drives me crazy every time I go there. The southwest coast of Florida is very nice, but I am not sure they have the work you are looking for.
      In Florida, the further south you go, the more expensive the land is and the more people you have to deal with.
      The only exception is down the middle along 27 through Lake Wales, Sebring and Lake Placid.
      on another note. http://www.eattheweeds.com for the best wildcrafting stuff.
      Green Dean from Orlando is excellent at identifying plants and his youtube channel has helped me with many things.
      you would only need 2 or 3 acres for your plants and goats, but with a cow I would think 5 acres would be nice to supply a pasture. That being said, when I grew up in Kentucky we had a 3 acre farm with a cow and plenty of garden and orchard space. We kept the cow in 2 acres of pasture with a barn without any issues.

  2. Lee Kibler says:

    I had my whole Fuyu crop eaten by squirrels this year… Anyway, Everyone remember that Fuyu are great but be sure to peal them. The outer skin is not digestible and can cause a bowl obstruction. Neat blog!

  3. boxerbob says:

    this is probably my favorite fruit tree besides mango I get some occasionally from a gentleman that has a farm off Midway Church Road here in Madison but I would like to grow my own where would I buy some of the plants at

    • Brian says:

      I watch the tree sales this time of year at Lowes, Tractor Supply, Studstill, etc for a deal. But and tree nursery will usually have a better tree. I am currently trying to graft some fuyu cuttings on native trees I have growing.

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