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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pogo and Me

If you're curious about sampling the fruit of our native persimmon tree, now (i.e., early November) is your chance. The easiest tree to reach grows in front of the Bethlehem Church at 441 S Fourth Ave downtown. If you're not overly picky, you can sample one that has already fallen to the ground. Otherwise bring a tall ladder or a tall pole with a hook on the end. Pick one that is very soft but not overly puckered. There's only a small window of opportunity between under-ripe (think Daffy Duck after a teaspoon of alum) and fermented. Their taste is not unlike that of commercially grown persimmons; the fruit, unfortunately, is a lot smaller.
        The bark of the native persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is distinct -- very dark-colored and very blocky. Several other specimens grow next to the caretaker's office in the Arb. Otherwise they're grown only rarely around Ann Arbor. I believe this is the only plant of the ebony family that you might encounter outdoors in the midwest. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
         If you are interested in growing persimmons, Oikos Tree Crops ( in Kalamazoo is your source.

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