Sharon fruit , Chinese date plum , Chinese persimmon , Japanese persimmon , kaki , oriental persimmon
Persimmons are classified into two basic groups, those that are sweet and edible when hard and crisp (non-astringent) and those that must be allowed to soften to a jelly-like consistency before losing their astringency (astringent). The astringents, once fully ripe, are paradoxically often far sweeter and more luscious than the so-called sweet or non-astringents. Astringency can be removed by treating the fruit with carbon dioxide or alcohol. Persimmon trees are a lovely ornamental specimen fruit tree, often with a semi weeping form, which gives a beautiful display of deep orange autumn leaves, and retains many of its orange coloured fruit after leaf fall, making it the prettiest fruit tree in the garden.