What is a Persimmon?

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Its hard to believe that its December and fall is just coming to an end here in Nagoya. The trees are starting to lose their leaves, and the days are getting a bit crisper and a lot shorter. As you can imagine every season brings a variety of produce. In Nagoya fall means Persimmon’s. I don’t know about you, but my Persimmon knowledge was lacking before moving here. So I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands find out exactly what is a Persimmon?

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Persimmon’s

 

By looking at one you would think they were some sort of tomato/ clementine..a clematoe if you will. But then after picking it up and feeling one you think its a kind of apple/tomato/clementine hybrid. But no indeed its actually just a Persimmon.

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Up close and personal

 

We played it safe and decided to buy just one. Upon bringing it home we cut into it to find what looked like an apple sprinkled with cinnamon?! Of course I made Mike try it first in case it was some sort of disguised onion. But to our much surprise it was delicious! Sweet and refreshing. Just like and apple would be!

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Whats on the inside?

 

We decided to add it to the nights dinner which was chicken salad and it was a great healthy addition.

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Dinner for 2!

I’m proud to say that we have bought around 1o persimmons! They are a  great healthy on the go snack!

*Note* Make sure to buy them in season! I hear an unripe Persimmon can lead to a very unpleasant experience. A ripe persimmon is going to have a dark orangey red peel.

 

 

 

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2 responses »

  1. There are 2 types (or more?) of persimmons – Fuyu the good ones – great in salads and the Hachiya that if they don’t get frost bitten you can’t eat them. You bought the good ones. Live and learn. PS: I’m enjoying your journey.

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