The kaki, or persimmon, is a fruit tree orginating from Indonesia and is now found across the Mediterranean. It is known for its fleshy fruit which has a smooth, orange skin and looks like a tomato. The persimmon is eaten when very ripe and of all the fruits, it is one of the richest sources of energy. All parts of the tree have medicinal properties. Extracts from the bark are astringent, the juice from its fruit helps to reduce hypertension and its calyxes (small leaves on the surface of the fruit) are a known remedy for hiccups and coughs.