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Persimmon Trees in the Orchard

Written by: Bobbie
October 18, 2016

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Last fall we planted 12 Fuju Persimmon Trees, a non-astringent type, in the back easement. Then we decided to set aside five acres of a back pasture and turn it into a full orchard. This spring we planted 14 Mayhaw Trees (No they don’t have to be in water). This week 49 more Persimmon Trees arrived. They are loaded with fruit and we are so thrilled. This is our first marketable crop. They will be harvested and ready to sell during the Farm Tour this weekend. Check them out at the Country Store.

We’ll be showing The Orchard off during the hayride. It is being irrigated by gravity using our solar well. The trees will actually go into the ground next week. I’m told it is time for them to go to sleep. We will shape them up with a trim in January and in the spring we will use our chicken litter compost to fertilize them. We don’t claim to be organic but try to avoid chemicals whenever possible. The goal is to raise native fruit trees that flourish in this zone naturally.

Persimmons are a specialty fruit particularly sought after by the Asian market. Charissa and I found a local source several years ago. Many folks tell us about eating one and how it made their mouth pucker. Well, they ate an astringent persimmon before it was ripe. Yucky!. We ripen them on the counter and bake persimmon bread. The Fuju (non-astringent) that we are planting can be eaten like an apple once it turns orange. It gets even sweeter as the color darkens.

We are looking forward to seeing you during the tour.