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      fuji kaki
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Fall is here and what you will see hanging from many country side houses are these little KAKI.....or Persimmons.....

There are two kinds of persimmon: "kaki" (D.KAKI) which belongs to China, Japan, and Korea; and the American persimmon (D. virginiana).

The oriental persimmons are more astringent and less nutritious than the American, but the American persimmons are smaller and seedier. ...

"Kaki" means "food of the gods" and seems to have originated in Japan. The fruit resembles large, orange tomatoes... At their best, they have a very sweet, honeyed flavour, described as being like a combination of plum, honey, apricot, pumpkin, and mango


Although there are hundreds of varieties, the two main commercial ones are Hachiya are packed with mouth-puckering tannins when they are not ripe but when they ripen, the astringency disappears. These are also ACORN SHAPE with a pointed tip and orange-red flesh and skin...They become soft when very ripe and take several weeks of room temperature to reach that stage....

In japan the custom has been to dry them (what you see in the pic are drying kaki)for storage and use during the winter. In this process, the flesh turns blackish and a fine coating of sugar develops on the surface. The sugar is sometimes scraped from the surface of the dried fruit and compacted into molds to produce ornamental tablets or used as gifts. The dried, flattened fruits, which are known as 'pressed persimmons', are packed in boxes in Japan ...

Fuyu persimmons (also called Fuji) are tomato-shaped and a brilliant orange and are not astringent when "green" or unripe. .. When choosing one, a persimmon should be plump and extremely soft and pulpy, with undamaged skin. .. The fruits are best eaten raw. ..Fuyu ripens in just a few days at room temperature and remains quite firm.

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  • Updated Nov 15, 2005
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