The persimmon (or kaki) is the fruit of many species of trees in the genus Diospyros. Colors range from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange. They very in size and shape, some varieties can be spherical, acorn or pumpkin-shaped. Persimmons are sweet in taste, and are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A.

Some varieties are edible in the crisp, firm state (like an apple) but it has its best flavor when allowed to rest and soften slightly after harvest. Some varieties, like hachiya persimmon, should not be eaten when unripe.