"The persimmons tide me over during the period when nothing else is growing on my farm. The fruit grows very slowly, but it's also quite hardy and able to resist all kinds of pests and diseases," says Panagiotis Koutsoukos. Besides persimmons, he also grows grapes, olives, apricots and lemons. "I do most of the work in the fields myself. At harvest time, my family helps out and we hire harvest workers. My two daughters really enjoy working in the fields."