This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I send you to-day by mail a can containing two Japanese Persimmons. Perhaps you have seen the fruit before, if not, it will no doubt interest you. It is now fruiting in many parts of California, this being the third year in this vicinity, and the little tree seems to be a constant bearer, and as yet untouched by any pest or disease. It is no doubt a fine acquisition to our best of fruits. I think it will soon prove a source of profit in the dried product. The fresh fruit is too astringent until it is quite soft or near decay, but eaten in the latter condition it is delicious.
I am sure that some varieties could be grown in our Northern States by grafting or budding upon the American Persimmon. I have a small botanical garden, and am experimenting with everything that I can get that I think will be adapted to the conditions of our climate, which is so favorable to the plants of all lands except the extra tropical.
[These are the first fresh fruit we have tasted. At the first bite it seemed that we had tasted our Eastern Persimmons as good, - after a while some uncertainty grew, till we finally concluded they were far superior to our own. - Ed. G. M].