Diospyros virginiana and other species
These trees have alternate, dark green, elliptic leaves with
entire margins. The flowers are inconspicuous. The fruits are
orange, have a sticky consistency, and have several seeds.
Habitat and Distribution
The persimmon is a common forest margin tree. It is wide spread
in Africa, eastern North America, and the Far East.
The leaves are a good source of vitamin C. The fruits are
edible raw or baked.
To make tea, dry the leaves and soak them in hot water.
You can also eat the roasted seeds.
Some persons are unable to digest persimmon pulp. Unripe persimmons
are highly astringent and inedible.
Good fruit, but rarely found deep in the wilderness. For this
reason, the persimmon isn't an important survival food.