Sunday, October 17, 2010

Persimmons

Persimmons are my latest obsession.



I discovered them while living in Korea, because honestly, it was the only fruit I could afford. I thought they were tomatoes when I first saw them. Persimmons are now in season and I can buy them again here in Japan, they're called Kaki 柿. The shell is a bit thick, and the inside is a pulpy jelly. It tastes like a mix of apples and melon.

I've mostly seen persimmons in Asia, and I remember finding them at certain markets in Montreal, but not very commonly. From what I've read, they're mostly cultivated in China, Japan, and Korea.

Have you tried persimmons? Are they available outside of Asia? I'm so in love with them! It's the perfect autumnal fruit.

15 comments:

thevoyageofv said...

Persimmons and figs both frighten me. I never know how I'm supposed to eat them. Can you eat the whole thing or just the inside? I'm always too embarrassed to ask...

Vivian said...

Persimmons just the inside- the shell is too thick. I usually cut the fruit up in wedges and just eat the inside. Maybe I'm doing it wrong... I don't know! And I have no idea about figs either! Haha.

{lovely little things} said...

I know they're available around Seattle because they were an "optional fruit," for my CSA organic fruit & vegetable delivery this week! Who knew?

Kristina said...

oh yes, I love them too. They are acutally quiete popular in Germany as well as Switzerland, you find them in every supermarket!!
Viele Gruesse, Kristina

Vee said...

There are two types: hard, but ripe and edible and soft, and very very ripe. They're also available in the States depending on season. For the soft and very ripe ones you can eat the skin too..everything but the seed. My whole family loves them...except me, i never cared too much for them. I did steal one from a tree when i was living in Korea...just for fun. I didnt even eat it lol.

J said...

We have it in Brazil, also! We even grow it here...
Yes, you have readers in Brazil!
Beijos!

LH said...

I've learned to love persimmons also since being in Korea. Frozen persimmons eaten with a spoon and some vanilla ice cream make a great dessert!

andnever said...

Je les mange comme une pomme, lol. Il plein de khaki à Montréal, plutôt dans les épiceries asiatiques... j'ai jamais mis le pied en Asie mais j'ai mangé ça toute ma vie.

Also! Je me demandais si t'avais un special request de qqc de Montréalais qui te manque. J'avais pensé t'apporter un souvenir avec mon super shipping de billet d'avion. J'imagine qu'on se rencontrera au moins une fois, if only to speak in French and reminisce about MTL :P

Vivian said...

Quand arrives-tu au Japon?? Et où exactement? Ce serait super de te rencontrer! Mmmmmm ce qui me manque le plus sont les Reese Peanut Butter Cups!

Hope we can meet up!!!!

andnever said...

Je suis supposé être là le 29 novembre pour un training de deux semaines, je pense? J'ai pas encore reçu ni mon placement, ni mon COE. Mais bon, j'ai parlé à Donna, la recruiteuse de Toronto, pis elle m'a dit qu'au pire allé, ils me mettront sur la prochaine date (début janvier?)

Malheureusement, j'adore les Reese. Je ne peux pas te promettre qu'ils vont survivre ma gourmandise :P

Vivian said...

Je ne sais pas s'il y a un training début décembre, souvent c'est seulement novembre et janvier, mais on ne sait jamais! J'espère que tu auras des nouvelles bientôt.

En fait, je quitte la compagnie en janvier, alors il y a qqn qui aura mon placement...

YellowLemon in WhiteWorld said...

We have persimmons in Malaysia too ^^

andnever said...

Ah oui?? Tu t'en va où après?? Home sweet home?? En lisant ton blog, j'ai eu l'impression que tu adorais le Japon pis que t'allait y rester pendant un bout de temps. Vas-tu essayer de conquérir le reste de l'Asie ;)

Vivian said...

Je déménage à Osaka!!!!

Mystica said...

Its available in Australia!