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The persimmon




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Relationship of European Persimmons (Diospyros kaki Thunb.) Cultivars to Asian Cultivars, Characterized using AFLPs


Persimmons, which originally came from China and Japan, are gaining in popularity. Here at the Repository, we house three species of this interesting fruit. It is part of the Ebenaceae family which contains approximately 400 species. There are only five edible fruits in this group of plants. The persimmon grows on a tall deciduous tree and has a shape and size similar to that of a tomato. One noteworthy characteristic of the fruit is its high tannic acid content. This will disappear when the fruit is ripe or over-ripe.


Click the link to be directed to GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) to view crop information on the Persimmon collection. To view a list of the Diospyros accessions, browse through the list of holdings at the Davis Repository on the GRIN website.


Questions about our persimmon collection can be directed to Jenny Smith


Links to non-federal persimmon related sites:


California Rare Fruit Growers

Purdue Horticultural Department

University of Kentucky

Tripplebrook Farm



Some information for this page was obtained from: The Complete Book of Fruits. D. Pijpers, J.G. Constant, and K. Jansen. Gallery Books, New York. 1985.


 Crop Pages

Actinidia (kiwifruit)   Diospyros (persimmon)   Ficus (fig)    Juglans (walnut)   Olea (olives)   Morus (mulberry)   Pistacia (pistachio)   Prunus (peach, plum, apricot, cherry, almond, and related species)   Punica (pomegranate)   Vitis (grape) 


GRIN Accession Query

Last Modified: 10/17/2012
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