Species Detail

Diospyros virginiana L.
Persimmon tree


Scientific Name:  
Diospyros virginiana L.
Common Name:  
Persimmon tree
Myaamia Name:  
pyaakimišaahkwi
Uses:  
Food, Medicinal
Harvest Seasons:  
Winter
Habitats:  
Beech-Maple Forest, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding, Conifer Shrubland and Forest, Conifer Swamp some deciduous domts.
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Diospyros virginiana L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Food  gathered for food
No Reference Specified Use - Unknown  "piakiminja"; persimmon
No Reference Specified Horticultural Info  harvesting and preparation for use: "They must fall to the ground to be ripe. Not quit ripe persimmons taste terrible. This time of year early October for southeast Indiana is when they start to fall. Check under the tree every day and collect. Wash and take out seeds. I take seeds out by hand. Its a messy job but very effective. You can then run the remains of the seed through a food mill to make a pulp and eliminate the skin. This is the pulp used in the recipe. The pulp can be frozen."
No Reference Specified Use - Unknown  "piakimindjakwi"
No Reference Specified Use - Unknown  "I remove the crown [sepals] from a persimmon; the stem from fruit"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  Barbara Mullins mother; Julia Lankford; gathered wild persimmons in the woods around the homestead at Timber Hill
No Reference Specified Use - Food  persimmon pudding recipe
No Reference Specified Use - Food  used as a snack food when in the woods
No Reference Specified Use - Food  used for jelly by her grandmother Geboe [?]
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  fruit made into a paste which is baked into loaves. "The Indians make a paste of the fruit; which they bake into loaves of the thickness of a mans finger; and of the consistence of a dried pear. The taste seems at first somewhat disagreeable; but people are easily accustomed to it. It is very nourishing; and a sovereign remedy; as they pretend; against a looseness and bloody-flux"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  fruits dried. ". . . When the arrived home they had left at the place where he had been drying his wife persimmons . . ."
Botanical Sources  
Diospyros virginiana L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Occurs mostly in dry-soiled woods
Related Sources  
Diospyros virginiana L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Human-charred persimmon floral material was recovered from excavations at an early 19th century Miami village site at the forks of the Wabash River (Ft Wayne) 1975-1812 (Ehler Site).
No Reference Specified   The Shawnee collected this plant for food
No Reference Specified   The common name persimmon is of Algonquian origin and is taken from the Delaware word pasimenan; meaning dried fruit
No Reference Specified   Archaeological studies have demonstrated that persimmons were utilized as a food resource by Late Woodland 800 A.D to 1300 A.D. indigenous peoples of central and southern Indiana
No Reference Specified   Jim Strack recalled seeing a recipe in a cookbook when he was growing up that called for persimmons to flavor the meat of a opposum