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Persimmon Seed Beverage (Coffee Substitute)

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Euell Gibbons mentions persimmon seed "coffee"  in his 1962 book, "Stalking The Wild Asparagus".  

While Euell Gibbons ever so briefly mentions persimmon seed "coffee" (a hot beverage made from persimmon seeds) in his book, the idea came much earlier.  During the US Civil War, persimmon trees were seen as tremendous windfalls as food was scarce.  There are numerous early references in newspapers.




A few short years later, a  man named Edward dugdale of Griffin, Georgia applied for US Patents in 1873 to cover his process of persimmon seed preparation for use in beverages.  The (corrected) application is below.  
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1873  IMPROVEMENT IN COFFEE SUBSTITUTES.

EDWARD DUGDALE, OF GEORGIA.
To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, EDWARD DUGDALE, of Griffin, in the county of Spalding and State of Georgia, have invented a new article of merchandise, of which a full, clear, and exact description is given in the following specification : My invention relates to a new article of Patent record available from the US Patent Office 

1873  IMPROVEMENT IN COFFEE SUBSTITUTES.
EDWARD DUGDALE, OF GEORGIA.   To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, EDWARD DUGDALE, of Griffin, in the county of Spalding and State of Georgia, have invented a Process of Preparing the Seed of the Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana, for use as the base or constituent element of a beverage, of which the following is a  Patent record available from the US Patent Office 


Bibliography:

Gibbons, Euell. 1962. Stalking the Wild Asparagus. pp. 164-169.  $17.50 from Alan C. Hood & Co., Inc. (www.hoodbooks.com), used by permission.