I mentioned recently that 2nd Family's "R" took a brush hog and a tractor and cleared some new areas on our property. So last weekend, before the cold settled in this weekend, I decided to explore the new spots.
I was just casually walking along when I found this tree:
|Update: It's a Persimmon tree|
It was COVERED in fruit.
|Update: Persimmons on a tree|
I smashed one open and this is what it looked like. There seemed to be two or maybe three seeds inside, they were elongated. I didn't notice an identifiable smell but it did smell sweet. These are growing without any human intervention, including watering. They are growing near a wet area of the property, a kind of natural pond site, so the roots are probably able to get plenty of water. They obviously survived during the great drought of 2011.
The best part of all? There was another tree, just like this one, with the same kinds of fruit on it, and it was at least 30 or 40 feet tall! We love the thought of some naturally occurring fruit tree on our property that we can harvest from but before we start Googling recipes, we need to see what it is.
SO...anyone hazard to guess what fruit this might be?
And if you do know, any good ideas for its use?
UPDATE: THANK YOU all for the ID, we need to learn our wild foraging identification, LOL.