This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It may be of interest to you to know that the Japanese Persimmon is hardy in Virginia, latitude of Norfolk. Grafted plants imported in 1879, bore fruit the past season which ripened on the tree at the Barker Floral Gardens, Bram-bleton. One small tree, not two feet in height, bore nine plums, three of which remained upon the tree until fully ripe, and the largest measured three and a-half inches in diameter, and ten and a-half in circumference. They were of the seedless variety, and resembled the native persimmon in flavor, but very rich and of the consistency of the custard apple. Dried like dates and figs, they must be very delicious.
[This note on Persimmons, from Virginia, reminds us of an anecdote told in connection with the celebrated Captain John Smith, who in days long before woman's rights became a popular question, was protected by Pocohontas. He sent some of our native persimmons to Queen Elizabeth, which, we are told, "turned her Majesty's face awry." But Smith said the Indians called them "Pasheman." So far as we know the meaning of Persimmon in the language of the Virginia Indians, has never been ascertained.
We don't know how the orthography became changed to the modern usage, and we call attention to Captain Smith's mode of spelling it, as perhaps affording some better chance of getting at the explanation. - Ed. G. M].