Diospyros virginiana, Persimmon.

Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana was widely used as food and medicine by native groups, who made a paste of the ripe fruits, then baked it into loaves about the thickness of the finger. Mixed with cornmeal, it made an excellent bread. Colonial physicians used the dried ripe fruit, the powder of the unripe fruit, the powdered inner bark, or the bark of the root taken in wine, for treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, fevers, hemorrhoids, and other conditions. Used historically for making beer, spirits and wine.

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