There are 118 calories in one 2 to 2 1/2 inch persimmon. Although the persimmon is often associated with Japan, it actually originated in China. It eventually spread to Korea, Japan and North America.
Persimmons are a tree fruit that is grown in many different varieties and sizes. In fact, more than 800 different varieties are grown in Japan. Persimmons thrive in areas that do not have extreme summers. They are sometimes referred to as Chinese figs or kaki fruit. Persimmons play an important role in folklore. According to legend, it is possible to predict the weather based on the shape of a persimmon seed.