Do you have pollen allergies? Do you bruise easily or bleed under the skin (purpura)? Do you have poor immunity to colds and flu? Enjoy refreshing persimmon leaf tea.
I had a nice phone conversation with Penny Frazier, who grows persimmon plants for the tea leaf and fruit. Her company Goods From The Woods is located in Licking, Missouri. She used to have a terrible pollen allergy that prevented her from going out in the fields for harvest. Drinking persimmon leaf tea cured her allergies. Other customers of hers have reported improvement of digestive complaints. The tea is slightly bitter and can be laxative in large doses. Penny has a blog at her website www.wildcrops.com that features news about piñon pine nuts, a fine source of protein and a tasty treat. Her company grows wild plants, specialty teas, fruits, mushrooms, and piñon nuts in season.
In Chinese Medicated Diet a textbook in a series published by the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, persimmon leaf tea is recommended for thrombopenic purpura defined as dermorrhagia (fa ban), hematohidrosis (ji niu) and visceral hemorrhage (xue zheng) bleeding under the skin. Symptoms are excessive accumulation of “toxic heat” (inflammatory bacterial or acidic impurities) with purple ecchymosis (bruises resulting from trauma), nose bleeds, bleeding gums, blood in the urine, irritability, red tongue with yellow coating, and a wiry rapid pulse. In more extreme cases there may also be excessive menstruation, afternoon fever, hot palms and soles, dizziness or palpitations.
Persimmon leaf tea may work because it strengthens blood capillaries. In the 1980s, the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that persimmon leaf tea contains a large quantity of Vitamin C, tannins, flavonoids, rutin, choline, carotenoids, and amino acids. In addition, the tea contains: magnesium, manganese, titanium, calcium, phosphorous among others. Scientific research has shown that drinking persimmon leaf tea promotes a healthy metabolism. Rutin helps prevent arteriosclerosis (fragile capillaries). Flavonoids lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. According to Japan’s “Longevity” magazine, drinking persimmon leaf tea can prevent melanoma. The tea’s health benefits generate anti-cancer and anti-influenza virus interferons.
Persimmon Leaf Skin Treatment for Bruises and Aging Skin
Brew a pot of strong persimmon leaf tea by adding 1 teaspoon of the dried leaves for each two cups of boiling water. Allow it to stand overnight. Drink a cup or more of the tea daily. Fill a spray bottle with cold persimmon leaf tea and use it as a cooling skin spray. Add persimmon leaf tea to aloe vera gel and apply it with sterile cotton to clean skin. Avoid applying any skin preparation or cosmetic that contains alcohol or fragrance, often made using alcohol as a preservative, because alcohol can weaken blood vessels.
Avez-vous des allergies au pollen? Avez-vous facilement des bleus ou à saigner sous la peau (purpura)? Avez-vous l’immunité pauvres pour les rhumes et la grippe? Profitez rafraîchissante du thé en feuilles de kaki.
J’ai eu une conversation téléphonique agréable avec Penny Frazier, qui cultive des plantes kaki pour les feuilles de thé et de fruits. Son entreprise de marchandises du The Woods est situé dans Licking, Missouri. Elle avait l’habitude d’avoir une allergie au pollen de terrible qui l’empêchait de sortir dans les champs pour la récolte. Bars kaki feuilles de thé guérir ses allergies. Les autres clients de la sienne ont rapporté une amélioration des troubles digestifs. Le thé est légèrement amère et peut être laxative à fortes doses. Penny a un blog sur son site www.wildcrops.com qui publie des nouvelles sur les pignons de pin pin pignon, une bonne source de protéines et une friandise. Son entreprise cultive des plantes sauvages, les thés de spécialité, les fruits, les champignons, les noix et le pin pignon dans la saison.
En chinois médicamenteux Diet un livre d’une série publiée par le Collège de Shanghai de médecine traditionnelle chinoise, le kaki feuilles de thé est recommandé pour purpura thrombopénique défini comme dermorrhagia (Ban Fa), hematohidrosis (niu ji) et des hémorragies viscérales (xue zheng) saignement sous la la peau. Les symptômes sont une accumulation excessive de “chaleur toxique” (inflammatoire impuretés bactériennes ou acide) avec des ecchymoses violettes (ecchymoses résultant d’un traumatisme), saignements de nez, saignements des gencives, sang dans les urines, de l’irritabilité, langue rouge avec un enduit jaune, et un pouls rapide nerveux . Dans les cas plus extrêmes, il peut également être menstruations excessives, de la fièvre après-midi, les paumes et les semelles à chaud, des étourdissements ou des palpitations.
Les feuilles de thé Persimmon sont efficaces, car elle renforce les capillaires sanguins. Dans les années 1980, l’Académie chinoise des sciences a conclu que le kaki feuilles de thé contient une grande quantité de vitamine C, des tanins, des flavonoïdes, la rutine, la choline, les caroténoïdes et les acides aminés. En outre, le thé contient: magnésium, le manganèse, le titane, le calcium, le phosphore, entre autres. La recherche scientifique a démontré que boire du thé en feuilles kaki favorise un métabolisme sain. La rutine aide à prévenir l’artériosclérose (fragilité capillaire). Les flavonoïdes abaisser la tension artérielle et augmenter le flux sanguin. Selon le Japon de “Longévité” magazine, de boire du thé en feuilles kaki peut prévenir le mélanome. avantages pour la santé Le thé génèrent anti-cancer et anti-interférons virus de la grippe.
Persimmon traitement de la peau Leaf pour les contusions et vieillissement cutané
Preparer un pot de thé en feuilles forte kaki en ajoutant 1 cuillère à café de feuilles séchées pour chaque deux tasses d’eau bouillante. Laissez-le reposer pendant la nuit. Boire une tasse ou plus de thé quotidienne. Remplissez un vaporisateur avec feuilles de thé froid kaki et l’utiliser comme un spray de refroidissement cutané. Ajouter kaki thé en feuilles d’aloès vera gel et l’appliquer avec du coton stérile pour nettoyer la peau. Évitez d’appliquer toute préparation de la peau ou un cosmétique qui contient de l’alcool ou le parfum, souvent en utilisant l’alcool comme agent de conservation, parce que l’alcool peut affaiblir les vaisseaux sanguins.
If you are seeking a medium-sized shade tree, around 30 feet tall with a 30-foot spread, possessing unusually ornamental and gustatory qualities, consider the persimmon (Diospyros kaki).
Although its fruit are Halloween orange and hard to miss, the persimmon tree generally flies under the radar when backyard fruit tree selection is under discussion. This is a shame since persimmon fruit are highly rewarding to grow. They are not known as God’s fruit (Dios = God, pyros = fruit) for nothing.
When it comes to the history of plant dispersion, seafarers are often involved and the Japanese persimmon’s arrival in the United States is a case in point. In the course of one of his naval expeditions, Commodore Matthew Perry, who initiated U.S. commercial relations with Japan in the 1850s, plucked persimmon fruit from trees growing along the Japanese coast. The seeds from those fruit turned persimmon growing in America into a profitable venture.
Prior to Perry’s persimmon imports, the only persimmons available in this country were produced by a native tree (Persimmon virginiana), whose range stretches from Connecticut to Florida in the east through Texas and up to Iowa in the west.
Due to the unpredictable quality of its fruit and lack of hybridization, however, the American persimmon is not grown commercially but is sometimes used as a rootstock species upon which Japanese varieties are grafted. Virtually all of the commercial persimmon orchards in the U.S. are found in California, where 3,000 acres are planted.
What separates persimmons from other fruit are their division into two distinct types: astringent and nonastringent. Astringent fruit, such as the ‘Hachiya’ variety, is very bitter, due to its tannin content. Only when it ripens does it eventually become sweet, softening to a custard like consistency.
Capt. John Smith, whose initial sampling of a softened native American persimmon occurred in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, described it “as delicious as an apricot.”
Nonastringent varieties such as ‘Fuyu,’ on the other hand, are sweet the moment they begin to ripen since they lack tannins. Whereas astringent varieties are only palatable once they turn soft, non-astringent varieties may be eaten either hard like apples or, further down the ripening road, when they soften.
Still another way to eat this fruit is derived from the etymology of persimmon, a reflection on how it was eaten by native Americans. Persimmon is derived from an Algonquian word meaning “eaten dry” and, indeed, persimmons can be dried, sliced, and kept for many months as a sweet snack.
I was prompted to investigate persimmons upon receiving the following email from Neil Minami of Gardena: “I have a persimmon tree that is probably more than 50 years old. It bears a lot of persimmons each year but they seem to get riper sooner than before. They usually ripen in September or October, but this year the persimmons are already falling off. They’re green and about the size of a plum. What can I do? I counted close to three dozen on the ground.”
Premature fruit drop of persimmons is not unusual. In every fruit tree, there is a delicate balance between vegetative (shoot and leaf) growth and reproductive (flower and fruit) growth. Overfertilization or overwatering shifts this balance in the direction of vegetative, at the expense of reproductive, growth. Fertilization of persimmon trees should be an afterthought, and you should not water more than twice a week during the growing season.
You can minimize fruit drop by thinning your green fruit so that there are at least 6 inches between any two persimmon fruit growing on the same branch. Thin plums and apricots so they are 2-4 inches apart, while peaches and nectarines should be 3-5 inches apart and apples 6-8 inches apart after thinning.
Thinning should be conducted between a month and six weeks following full bloom of the tree in question.
The photo you sent shows an extremely vigorous tree with a dense growth habit. I do not know what your fertilization program might be but, regardless of whether you fertilize heavily or not at all, the plethora of foliage on display may be a factor in your fruit falling prematurely.
The tree’s energy is being channeled into leaf growth with not enough resources left over for successful development of more than a few fruit. Remedy this problem by thinning the fruit that remains and removing extraneous vegetative growth.
To reduce your leafy load, you may wish to heed the advice of Alex Silber, whose family has been growing persimmon trees for decades at the Papaya Tree Nursery in Granada Hills.
“The persimmon has a tendency to bear fruit every other year,” Silber says, “and that can be controlled by proper fruit thinning just after annual fruit drop in June. A lighter, but more stable, crop is also achieved by proper pruning in December and again lightly in summer.
“The idea is to remove branches that are too close to each other for a more evenly dispersed branching structure, which will in turn reduce the fruit load. Fruit is borne on current season’s growth as well as on some year-old wood.
“In addition to thinning cuts of stems and branches, heading back the tree to a manageable height is also recommended, especially in the top center of the tree.
“Remove almost all twiggy growth,” Silber concludes, “favoring the thicker diameter wood, which has more potential to produce a decent quality fruit.”
Finally, it should be noted that the average productive life of a persimmon tree is 60 years, so you would expect to see declining yield in a tree such as yours, which you estimate to be more than 50 years old.
For more information about area plants and gardens, go to Joshua Siskin’s website at www.thesmartergardener.com. Send questions and photos to [email protected]
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Prune persimmon trees when young to develop a strong central leader or main trunk with good branching structure. You will be less burdened this way with excess fruit and premature fruit drop.
Once the branch structure is in place, pruning should not be necessary other than to remove dead wood or crossing stems or branches.
Keep in mind that, although deciduous, persimmon trees put on a brilliant fall foliar display as foliage turns mainly luminescent gold, but orange and red as well. During the growing season, its large dark green and shimmering leaves are probably the most attractive of all fruit tree foliage.