NYC FOREST GARDEN

Persimmon tree

Posted in Uncategorized by forestgardens on 2009/07/31

My Persimmon tree is fruiting this year. First came the bell shape flowers then out popped the fruit. I’ll take a picture of them this weekend.

While researching different persimmons to grow here I found out Saijo was the “best” in terms of taste but its a astringent type so it has to be extremely ripe before eating. I’m not sure if I’m into that. The other super tasty one that isn’t super astringent and can be eaten fresh is Fuyu.

Theres an old Japanese method called hoshi gaki, sort of a loop hole to the astringent factor, you clip the fruit of with the branch, peel the skins leaving a bit of the bottom, massage and dry them, this way it will also be preserve and you can eat these guys throughout winter.

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Another cool thing about persimmon trees is that after all the leaves have fallen the orange fruit hang on till they get ripe into November. For some reason I could see this pissing my neighbors off.

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  1. Gina said, on 2009/08/01 at 7:28 pm

    Judging by your photographs, it looks like you live nearby. I have been reading about gardens like yours, as well as gardens that are native to the area and require little water (as water prices go up=a good thing) for awhile with interest. Neighbors can be a challenging factor in all of this as it has always seemed to me that folks like what is traditional = a nice green lawn that is well kept / manicured. Anything else seems to signal a threat of sorts, to their home value. (When I was a very young child my dad transplanted red maples from my grandmother’s house in Cupsaw Lake N.J. to our front garden in Forest Hills and replaced the lawn with ivy. Decades ago this was taboo in Forest Hills . Folks grew to accept it over time. )
    Then came our family compost pile=a manufactured black plastic box into which we dumped all garden clippings, fall leaves, vegetable food peelings, egg shells, tea leaves and coffee grindings -which you can get at Starbucks for free if you need it …a slow process it all eventually turned into “black gold” , to be returned to the garden. It taught me about worms and the roll they play and about layering of materials for optimal breakdown. To my knowledge, none of my parent’s neighbors has followed suit & it is a shame as folks would be amazed at just how much of your curbside garbage can be eliminated (helping our stressed landfills out) and just how enhancing compost is for one’s lawn, garden, & the beautiful older trees that make our area famous and really required enriched soil to stay strong and healthy.
    I think you are on the cutting edge of what is going to have to happen locally and individually if we are to really take ourselves from how we have been able to live to how we will have to change and adapt to keep our world alive and well.
    And none of this is new:my grandparents moved to live in Forest Hills back when it was mainly farm land and they had a garden in their back yard filled with everything they needed to live. Besides wonderful vegetables, they planted an apple, pear & peach tree and nature planted a wonderful mulberry tree. All of this fed the family, excess was canned and preserved for winter, and the trees lived on after my grandparents passed away.
    It was the way to live back then-everyone did it. Now we all go to and rely on mainly stores as our source for food of all types.
    This garden taught future generations : As a result my parents always had sorrel growing in their yard along with herbs that were used in every dinner=what could be better than to go out your own door and cutting off some fresh basil…
    This is all my way of saying you are both a trail blazer and a tradition keeper & while you should keep your neighbors in mind – remember you might just win them over once they have tasted some of the fruits of you labor. Persimmons are both beautiful and delicious and they will look stunning on your tree in Fall. (Just be careful of the trick or treaters!)
    Good luck!

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