Diospyros kaki, a cultivated fruit of the persimmon family whose wild ancestor grew in China. It has also been called ‘Japanese persimmon’ and a variety of it (cultivated in Israel) is extensively marketed as ‘sharon fruit’.
It has for long been a popular fruit in China, Japan, and Korea, and has recently ousted the American persimmon in popularity in the USA, where it is cultivated in California. Its introduction there is credited to Commodore Perry in 1856. But