Japanese persimmons 柿 are in season!

If you are in Japan in autumn, it’s hard to miss this bright orange fruit – persimmon, known to the Japanese as kaki or 柿 in kanji (written the same in Chinese). This picture was taken at Nara park last week, famous for its sacred deer sanctuary (in fact there is a deer right beside the persimmon tree☺️)

The trees usually loose their leaves when they bear fruits
This species is slightly oblong in shape

Persimmons are packed with Vitamin A and C. And they’re loved for their sweetness and versatility as a fruit or dessert. As a fruit, I like them slightly hard, almost like a crunchy apple texture. I also like them as desserts and snacks. What about you?

Hanging them to dry to make traditional persimmon desserts (an example below)
I usually buy this at the supermarket, they make a great snack (sweet and chewy) with green tea.

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