To the Editor: Tree Fruit Facts

A closeup of persimmons still on the tree

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Tree Fruit Facts

Dear folks, I just read an interesting article about persimmons in your Gazette. Unfortunately, the author did not specify that calling a persimmon a “sugar plum” was a regional thing. Now, because of the internet, we have people believing that Hoffman and others familiar with the candy plum were actually writing about the persimmon! In a world of misinformation this is just one more piece of ridiculousness! I know we all have regional slang for plants and animals in our own back yards, but that does not need to lead to assumptions that re-write historical fact. Sugar plums are man-made confections. Just remember that. And cherries are not named after the cherry tomato. Just sayin’.

Ishana Ingerman
Burlington, Vermont


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