Diospyros virginiana or American persimmon is a deliciously sweet fruit that is very hardy. The beautiful yellow blossom blooms in April/May. Fruits are green in the beginning and turn yellow in late autumn. By winter when the fruits are orange they can be picked and eaten.
The American persimmon can withstand our winters without any problems and is very hardy. In autumn the leaves turn a beautiful yellow.
The fruits are ripe in the autumn, even a night frost on the fruits accelerates the ripening. If the fruits are orange and soft to the touch, they can be eaten.
The riper the fruit, the sweeter it is. As a rule, we pick the fruits at the beginning of November and sometimes only in December.
The fruits are about 5 cm in size and contain an average of 16% sugar, of which 43% glucose as a fast-acting energy source. They can be eaten with the skin and all and they taste wonderfully sweet.
As minerals, especially potassium and phosphorus should be mentioned.
In addition to vitamin B and 6 to 50 mg vitamin C, this fruit contains an enormous amount of provitamin A.
Fruits keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. If you want to keep them longer, the fruits can be frozen whole.
Winter hardiness zone 6a (-25ºC).