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Foraging Wild Persimmons
Diospyros virginiana L.
(common, or American persimmon)

 
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So where does one start if one wants to forage wild persimmons.  The first place to start is at home.  You should research any plant well in advance of searching for it.  Become intimately familiar with the plant and it's natural history BEFORE going into the field.  Additionally, you should be absolutely certain about your identification before eating anything you forage.  That said, in the case of Diospyros virginiana (common persimmons), there are no known lookalikes within its natural range.  Thousands partake of the richness of common persimmons.  While many people grow them in their orchards, they may also be foraged from the wild and semi-wild places.  In fact, they may often be harvested from urban and suburban habitats.  Judging ripeness is paramount for most harvesters.  The best persimmons are tree-ripened but there are several reasons why this might not always be feasible.  You can also maximize your efforts by ripening them off the tree.  


Below are some additional foraging links from which to

Dining on the Wilds
http://www.edibleplants.com/


Wild Man Wild Food
http://www.wildmanwildfood.co.uk/

Eco Images
http://www.ecoimages-us.com/

Wildcrafting with Ila
http://www.wildcrafting.com/


Arthur Lee Jacobson
http://www.arthurleej.com/

Cricket Bread
http://cricketbread.com/blog/
also pecan foraging story from the above
http://www.cricketbread.com/blog/2007/10/28/foraging-pecans-in-the-vortex-of-weird/

Oklahoma Wildcrafting
http://www.okwildcrafting.com/

Forager's Harvest
http://www.foragersharvest.com/index.php

Forage Ahead (yahoo discussion group)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ForageAhead/
can use the mailto links

Going Wilder In The Kitchen
http://www.bobcatswilderkitchen.com/

The Wild Foods Forum
http://wildfood.home.infionline.net/wildfoods.html

Wild Pantry
http://www.wildpantry.com/

Wild Harvest
http://www.wild-harvest.com/


downsizer.net
http://www.downsizer.net/