Persimmon Yield Update #2

From Chestnut Hill Tree Farm:  “Kaki Persimmons are a profitable orchard crop.  Grown commercially in California (primarily the variety Jiro, but sold as Fuyu), orchards of non-astringent varieties can produce yields of up to 10,000 lbs/acre and bring prices of $1.00/lb or more wholesale.  Persimmons are fairly easy to grow, with few major pests.  Non-astringent cultivars can be harvested while just showing color and shipped readily in standard fruit packing boxes.  Even astringent varieties, when picked still hard, will ripen completely on the shelf over several weeks, making it an easy crop to bring to market.”

From an Indian newspape article:  “…On an average, a fully-grown tree yields up to 200 kilograms of the fruit in a year,” Mahajan said.  At 2.2 pounds per kilo, that is 440 pounds a tree…at 50 trees to the acre, that works out to 22,000 pounds per acre.

From a European Study:  “The productivity of the ‘Rojo Brillante’ is higher than that of varieties grown in Italy. Pirazzoli(1998) pointed out an average yield of 17 t/ha and 26 t/ha in Emilia Romagna and Campania respectively. Although most optimists pointed to an average yield of ‘Rojo Brillante’ in the Ribera del Xúquer of 60 t/ha, we admit that it may be half (i.e. 30 t/ha).”  At 2.47 Hectare to the Acre, 17-30 Tons per hectare equals 13,600 to 24,000 pounds per acre.

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  1. I thought you’d be growing wild persimmons, but it looks like you are going to go the domestic cultivar route.

    Do you know whether or not the pigs will be able to stomach the persimmon skins? I understand humans can’t digest them.

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