BROOKLYN BACKYARD | Diospyros kaki
An illustration of ripe persimmons by Amanda Almira Newton, one of the nine illustrators (six were women) who painted over 7600 prints of fruits, nuts, and vegetables for the USDA. The USDA used these paintings in an effort to catalog the different cultivars, and diseases, of the rapidly expanding market of US grown fruits and vegetables. Her work is now housed in the Pomological Watercolor Collection at the USDA. She was also the granddaughter of Isaac Newton.
What this beautiful drawing did not capture is the humble origins of this fruit; the persimmon flower is roughly 1/2” in diameter, nestled in the brackets that later hold the fruit. Pictured here in a backyard in Brooklyn, it is nonetheless striking, despite it’s size. Basically, this is a PSA: Persimmon trees are incredible and they can grow in a New York City backyard