“Smoke from the Camp Fire has lifted somewhat,” allowing Robert Kermen to get out of his northern Sacramento Valley home to do some errands in Chico.
Gingko biloba, Chico (11/19/18) Robert Kermen
He found gingko biloba in full peak along Chico’s Esplanade.
He was moved by an American flag, seeing it as a symbol of Butte County rebounding from the Camp Fire, where many of Robert’s friends and relatives lost their homes and businesses.
While in town, he stopped to pick persimmons which he plans to turn into persimmon cookies and jello for the holidays.
Robert recommends using the Hachiya persimmon for cooking, not the Asian or Japanese (Fuyu) persimmon (Diospyros kaki). The latter can be eaten like an apple and are great on a salad topped with vinegar and oil.
Hachiya persimmons must ripen completely before they can be eaten otherwise they are astringent.
That doesn’t stop wildlife from getting to them before they’re picked, as the American robin is doing in this picture.
Persimmons are favorite fare for opossums, rodents, white-tailed deer, raccoon, fox, black bear and skunks.
The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources reports, Ozark “Folklore tells us that if you slice a persimmon seed lengthwise, you will find the image of a spoon, knife or fork. Supposedly, the presence of a knife means we are in for a rough, unsettled winter. A mild winter is predicted by the image of spoon. If a fork is seen, our winter is supposed to be medium to bad.”
In Korea, dried persimmon (gotgam) are said to scare away tigers.