[NAFEX] hoshigaki - Japanese dried persimmons

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Tue Nov 29 10:17:41 EST 2005

Jerry mentioned the Japanese method of hand-drying persimmons.  Below is an 
archived message he'd sent to the NAFEX list a year or so back, with photos.
There is also a nice discussion of hoshigaki at this site:

At 02:23 PM 11/25/2004, Jerry wrote:
>I'm taking the liberty to reproduce three of the pictures in the article 
>and include here, with less quality than originally published. The 
>original article and pictures are by Benjamin F. Kuo and published in the 
>November-December 2004 issue of "FRUIT GARDENER" news magazine of, The 
>California Rare Fruit Growers Assoc. of which I'm a member. Their web 
>address is <WWW.crfg.htm>WWW.crfg.org. Wonderful organization for all 
>fruit lovers as they grow everything out there.
>If you look closely the strings can be seen.
>They are a delicacy in Japan and given as gifts on special occasions. One 
>thing Kuo pointed out is the massaging breaks down the internal fibers and 
>the sugars pass through the dried surface and crystallize on the surface.
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