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Bringing Persimmons Forward

Kentucky: please embrace your persimmon potential. These lovely fruits fit this climate and soil, and handle all the hard work on their own. City, country, suburbs—give them enough water to get firmly situated, and persimmons thrive anywhere. No spraying, no pruning. We all love figs, which can be iffy to grow in Kentucky, but we neglect persimmons, which are so willing to fill us with sweet, custardy, fruity happiness every fall.

Seven years after Sherry Maddock managed a multi-site neighborhood orchard planting—and after a year of construction all around them—the two neighborhood persimmon trees at the corner of North MLK Boulevard and East Fourth Street, in the northwest corner of the renewed Living Arts and Science Center land, promise persimmon heaven in about a month.

Seven years after Sherry Maddock managed a multi-site neighborhood orchard planting—and after a year of construction all around them—the two neighborhood persimmon trees at the corner of North MLK Boulevard and East Fourth Street, in the northwest corner of the renewed Living Arts and Science Center land, promise persimmon heaven in about a month.

First blush, first hint of the rich, burnt orange color of the fully ripened persimmon fruit for 2016

First blush, first hint of the rich, burnt orange color of the fully ripened persimmon fruit for 2016

When Chef Ouita Michel visited the Kentucky State Fair two weeks ago, she discovered that wild persimmons and pawpaws had to be entered and judged in their unripened, green phase. Phew! Photo credit: Ouita Michel--thank you!

When Chef Ouita Michel visited the Kentucky State Fair two weeks ago, she discovered that wild persimmons and pawpaws had to be entered and judged in their unripened, green phase. Phew! Photo credit: Ouita Michel--thank you!

Listen to chefs Ouita and Chris Michel's tales of Kentucky's 2016 State Fair here.

Ready to plant? Look at the choices Nolin River Nut Tree Nursery offers, and write or call for specific advice about type and number and important things like pollination requirements. Do what NRNTN tells you! Fall delight will follow, for years and years to come.

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