i'm from western Europe, and here american persimmon is unkown, besides some specialized nurseries which sell only early golden and meader.
Persimmon have very good potential in permaculture projects, and nutritionnaly could replace corn as an animal feed (it is the only fruit i found that has the same energy content as corn on a dry weigth basis). Here in SW we have numerous Label Rouge chickens, and a lot of duck and geese for Foie gras.
My plan is to bring some good persimmon, in France and study its potential as a corn replacement and a human feed for winter, but i need some genetic material to work on, to quantify what cultivars give and when to have a list of X cultivars to produce fruits from Y to Z monthes
So here is my resquest for permaculturists from the persimmon homeland : can you send me seeds of very good cultivars (Garretson, Ricks, Szuki, Piepper, Lena, Prok, NC10, Claypool ...) so i can grow them ?
I know it will not true to type, but as persimmon have not been extensivly bred, results should be quite good,
For best result, it would be perfect if the tree the seeds come from are near other good cultivars (a kind of orchad) rather than a good cultivar surrounded by wild persimmons.
I can pay for the shipment and the work, althought not quite much as i'm currently unemployed
Thanks for your attention,
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