Monday, October 28, 2013
ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " P "
Today's letter for ABC Wednesday is " P ".
I'm going to share more about our trip to the Otow Orchard and
one of their PRIZE PRODUCTS that they PRODUCE there.
Going to my PREVIOUS "O" POST will show more about the
The main PRODUCE of the fall is PERSIMMONS.
These are not just any PERSIMMONS but Hoshigaki.
If you will go to this link you can see a wonderful slide show.
The following PHOTOS will show the PROCESS of taking
ripe PERSIMMONS and turning them into a delectable dried
Here is Tosh Kuratomi's son beginning the labor intensive work.
From the start in October to the finish in January, every single
PERSIMMON is tenderly cared for.
Each fruit is PEELED and is strung on string to be hung on drying
As you can see each PIECE of fruit looks like an ornament hanging
while it dries.
In the following PICTURES (be sure to enlarge all of these)
ridges have begun to form as the fruit dries.
The sugar is moving to the outside.
In the following PHOTOS one can see that the fruit is shriveling.
Every PERSIMMON is hand massaged so no mold is captured
in the ridges!
Can you imagine hand massaging every PERSIMMON at least
once weekly for 3 months?
The massaging creates a more uniform softness and distributes
the natural sugars evenly throughout the fruit.
The fruit becomes more shriveled and turns more white.
That is just the sugar developing.
When each PERSIMMON has been thoroughy massaged and
cared for, they are PRESSED flat, PACKAGED, and then
PREPARED for shipping around the world and also locally.
What do they taste like?
I think they taste like a date.
They can be used for cookies, coffee breads and PUDDINGS.
I can't wait to buy some in a few months.
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others have POSTED for the letter " P ".