• noun a native tree (Diospyros kaki) of Japan and China, which produces reddish-orange fruit, similar in appearance to tomatoes. The fruit are eaten either as dessert or may be cooked; they are very rich in vitamins.


  • A large tomato-like fruit from a large group of tropical trees of the genus Diospyros but normally D. kaki. The fruit has a central core of seeds like an apple and a large calyx, and its green inedible skin turns a glossy yellow-orange as the fruit matures. Found in three principal varieties, i.e. kaki (Japan and China), sharon fruit (Israel) and mabalo. Eaten as a dessert in fruit salads or other dishes. May be used as a decoration, in jam-making or may be dried.