The Shiny-red Persimmons in Lintong
The shiny-red persimmons produced in Lintong look big, shiny, and fiery red, also known as “Big Shiny-fiery. ” Because “the persimmon is fiery-red like flames and its surface shiny like crystal,” hence it is so named. The persimmon is of a very good kind and is popularly welcomed by the local people. The persimmon tree resists sterile and dry land, adaptable to many types of soil and can be grown at many places like the sides of houses or along valleys and slopes. The best strain of persimmon is grown in the nearby areas of the Mausoleum of the First Emperor of Qin and the Qin Terracotta Museum and along the Huaqing Hot Spring slopes. As the persimmon looks shiny and good pulp and sweet, it is warmly praised and popularly welcomed by visitors to Lintong front both home and abroad.
The shiny-red persimmon produced in Lintong cannot be eaten right away. It has first to be depuckerised before OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtaking. It has three ways to depuckerise it: First, lay the persimmons in the open air for natural depuckerization: secondly, to dry and warm them by the fire for taking the puckery taste off and thirdly to put the persimmons together with pears and apples for taking off the puckery. It can be eaten after being depuckerised and softened. Besides, it can be processed into sweet and dry things, and even the rejects or damaged ones can be used to make vinegar with through fermentation. The persimmon trees in Lintong are cultivated through grafting. its fruit has no seeds it is a kind of unisexual and partheonocarpic tree. Its flowers ae easy to fall off and so it needs more phosphate and potash fertilizer, deep tilling of the land with suitable amount of water and a timely spraying of insecticide. Besides, a timely trimming and changing of stem-tree is also very important, therefore giving the trees enough sunshine and an easy airflow so as to make the tree bear more fruits. If it is a persimmon garden rational close planting is necessary so as to raise the yield in per unit area, thereby increasing economic benefit.