Astringency in Persimmon
The genus Diospyros (family, Ebanaceae), to which persimmons belong, contains about 400 species, most of which are found in subtropical to tropical regions. The wood from certain species of the genus is used for furniture and the heads of golf clubs. For fruit production, only four species, D. kaki L., D. lotus L., D. virginiana L. and D. oleifera Cheng, are important (Kitagawa and Glucina 1984). D. kaki is also referred to as kaki (a word of Japanese origin meaning persimmon). It is the most important species, and the fruits are consumed both fresh and dried. The other three species are used mainly as a rootstock for persimmon or a source of tannins.
KeywordsFruit Development Ethanol Vapour Fruit Flesh Persimmon Fruit Total Tannin
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