Love Persimmons? Thank a Raccoon!

Although persimmons aren’t as popular as they once were, you might still be lucky enough to find them at farmer’s markets and international grocery stores. If you’re lucky, you might also have a persimmon tree providing fruit on your own land! Believe it or not, the American persimmon as we know it wouldn’t exist without raccoons. American persimmons have a very low germination rate unless they’re passed through the digestive system of a raccoon. Persimmon trees and raccoons co-evolved to help each other out, with the persimmon being a steady annual food source for raccoons, and the raccoon helping persimmons to disperse and grow. American persimmons almost never grow naturally in areas where raccoons aren’t there to help!

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