Persimmons remind me of my childhood. It is commonly eaten in homes of asian families. As my mom is from Taiwan, it was a common fruit that we ate in the fall when it was available. I was extremely happy to find that it can be grown in our area of the southeast. According to wikipedia, the persimmon is the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros in the ebony wood family (Ebenaceae). I purchased a non-astrigent cultivar called Fuyu. I will be planting it shortly (when I find a suitable spot) in our backyard. This persimmon will add to the growing edible landscaping here at the yardstead.