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Sometimes called diospiro, they grow throughout much of Italy, the trees adding a striking note of colour in the late autumn with their orange fruit. They look better than they taste (which is way too sweet for most); people who have the trees will try to sneak them in your house when you've turned your back, so beware of moving in next door to a kaki tree owner.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by pizzodisevo 1937