Hoshigaki: Dried Persimmon


In the winter, we can get dried persimmons in Japan. Dried persimmons are made in several countries in Asia. They are made from the astringent persimmon called “Shibugaki” which cannot be eaten raw. They are covered with white powder. That white powder is sugar of persimmons. Sugar of persimmons crystallizes the powder to the white surface.
I prefer dried persimmons to raw persimmons. I sometimes eat them as a snack, and I also have them with wine. Dried persimmons goes well with wine like other dried fruits. I like eating them with mascarpone cheese.

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