Wednesday, January 4, 2012

persimmon

following up with the previous post on eating healthy 
i would like to talk about one of my favorite fruit persimmon

my family (particularly my dad) loves eating persimmons around this time of the year
and we have tasted some yummy ones (both soft & hard persimmons) this winter
however, for some reason, i just cannot find them anywhere at the moment!!!
what i mean by that is myself, my mom, my aunts, and other friends are just having the toughest time finding ANY persimmons at the asian markets for about a week or so!

this is actually pretty absurd because apparently the news got out that the markets restocked persimmons on early saturday morning, but by afternoon, none were available...
so those who stopped by at the market on friday or saturday afternoon did not get to buy any persimmons which continues till this day...
it really is a strange thing because i saw a lot of persimmons you can buy individually as well as boxed persimmons in different grades (obviously $$$ = more tasty) earlier last week!

and this is not just my neighborhood!
because we went to few different markets & even smaller fruit stands in koreatown today, only to hear that they don't have any persimmons

i don't know who's taking all my persimmons, 
but not being able to find these sweet fruits just made me crave some persimmons even more :( 
so these photos of soft persimmons (which i love more) will have to satisfy my cravings for now...


persimmon is not the most common fruit in the states,
so here is a little wikipedia info for those who are not too familiar with the fruit

commercially, there are generally two types of persimmon fruit: astringent and non-astringent.
 astringent persimmons contain very high levels of soluble tannins and are unpalatable (or "furry" tasting) if eaten before softening
warning: before ripening, persimmons usually have a "chalky" taste or bitter taste

here are the breakdown of different persimmons 
i will be honest... i didn't know their japanese terms until i was 'researching' to let you guys know!


1) heart-shaped hachiya is the most common variety of astringent persimmon
this is my dad's favorite fruit! he just loves sticking a spoon & scoop out all the goodies inside


you might be wondering, "what's with the spoon?"
it's because hachiya persimmons are so soft inside that after few bites, it will collapse & get messy!
so instead of trying to hold them & eating them, we always put them in a  bowl & scoop out the inside 

it is also delicious when you eat this cold!
. . .  i mean stick it in the freezer cold as a frozen sorbet


2) non-astringent persimmon is squat like a tomato and is most commonly sold as fuyu 
non-astringent persimmons may be consumed when still very firm, and remain edible when very soft


fuyu persimmon is like...an apple, or peach... you just take the skin off (although it is required for fuyu unlike apples & peaches), cut them off and enjoy!

i love eating fuyu on it's own or adding them in salads because it's just per-fect!


3) the dried persimmon is fulled of fiber & is very tasty & incredibly sweet 
the texture of dried persimmon is very moist & it is a more refreshing alternative to more commonly found dried fruits such as raisins, mangoesapricots..etc
same as the fuyu persimmons, you can add the dried persimmons in salads or even in hot teas!


& bonus!
honestly, persimmons are so good on it's own that i don't mind not using them in dishes (personally)
but i do try to eat them whenever i see it at restaurants ;)
i am working on a big post of the bazaar by jose andres
and this is one dish i had there made with fuyu persimmons


& at a medjool restaurant in SF 


so if you see some persimmons around your local market,
BUY THEM
:)

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. It's so easy to eat the same thing day in day out but I will definitely try Perismmon fruit now. My fave is passionfruit - love it drizzled over meringue and whipped cream.
    Thanks!
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  2. How funny...my MIL gave me a bunch of persimmons recently, and I had such a hard time finishing them! I like both types but usually prefer fuyu, since it's not as messy. Love your nails btw!

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  3. Hi Laura,
    Thanks for dropping by! Your little girl looks adorable! :)
    Yes, do try persimmon (both types) and I am going to have to try the passion fruit with meringue & whipped cream as well! Sounds delish!

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  4. Hi Cynthia,
    Really??? You should totally freeze them or eat them in a salad ;)
    I think I am wanting it even more because how hard it is to find them! Speaking of which..went to the market AGAIN with no luck AGAIN :(
    For the nail, it's butter london's red polish + their red glitter polish ;)

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  5. I already finished them, but I never thought of freezing them before. Can't wait to try that!

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  6. you will be surprised at how good it tastes ;)

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