Yoshizen's Blog

Kaki aka Persimmon fruits

There must be hundred of festive cooking and the food still, a fruits associated with Japanese New Year for me is the Kaki = known to the west as Persimmon. Tree itself is quite commom in Japan therefore to the kids grown up with the experience of picking the Kaki fruits from the tree was rather common, much more than a case of fig or peach.

Something unique to the Kaki is, there is a fun or game factor in the Kaki eating game to the kids. The fruits of some tree is very bitter and if it was too early, the fruits was also very bitter. = needs to know exactry which one is good on that moment. In the same time, there is the certain technique or tradition to make very bitter Kaki sweet. Such as to store the fruits in the certain period while putting a bit of sake to its bottom, was an exciting practise to the kids = kids always breach the line and test whether Kaki was sweet already. —– Peel the skin of kaki and let them dry under the winter sun is the other very common practise. (Kaki become a very sweet Hoshi-gaki)

So, in the New years time, eating the well ripen sweet Kaki is a journey to my kids day.

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