The Kaki Tree (Diospyros kaki)
The Kaki fruit (Diospyros Kaki, you might better know it as Persimmon) is commonly thought of as a fruit growing in China and other parts of eastern Asia. However, you can find Kaki trees also in California, and in Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Spain.
You can now find plenty of Kaki fruits in Mallorcan farmers’ markets, as well as your local supermarket, as this fruit does rather well in our Balearic climate.
The Kaki tree is a beaute with lush foliage.
Try this soft, moist, sweet fruit, but don’t overdo it. You might have stomach trouble if you overindulge. The fruit can be eaten fresh or dried, raw or cooked. A delight, whichever way.
Many see the Kaki tree as an all-in-one medicine chest. The leaf is antihemorrhagic and hypotensive and can be used to stop bleeding and reduce blood pressure.
If you have a garden, get a Kaki plant and soon you will have your own supply of fresh fruit. The larger garden centres in Mallorca will stock this plant. The Kaki tree is tall and deciduous with glossy, ovate leaves and makes for a nice garden ornament.
The fruit is an astringent, styptic, stomachic, and hypotensive agent. It is used to treat diarrhea, enterorrhagia, hemorrhoids, ulcers, and hypertension. The peduncle is seen as a bitter astringent and is used to treat cough, hiccough, and acid reflux. The extracted tannin is used for all of these purposes. Like other tannin containing plants, Kaki has the capacity to stop bleeding, to dry secretions of all sorts, and to reduce inflammation.
A Kaki tree was situated near the place of impact of the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9th, 1945, causing mass destruction. The city of Nagasaki was largely destroyed and vast numbers of people died. Miraculously, the Kaki tree survived. Japanese people now see the Kaki tree as a very special tree with very exceptional properties.