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Shimane Dried Saijo Persimmon Slices - 50g

SKU: WSB.PERSIMMON.02

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100% dried persimmon, Saijo variety

Energy 219 kcal (916 kJ), Total Fat 0g of which saturates 0g, Carbohydrate 47g of which sugars 29g, Protein 1g, Salt 0g

Hoshigaki, or dried persimmon slices (also known as Kaki or Sharon fruit), are a traditional Japanese delicacy that dates back centuries. The process of making hoshigaki involves drying the fruits until they develop a unique texture and flavour. The result is a sweet and chewy delicacy, with flavours of honey, mango and papaya.

Saijogaki persimmon is an ancient Japanese variety that is grown in Shimane and considered to have the best taste.

Hoshigaki are enjoyed as a sweet treat on their own, or they can be used as an addition to various dishes such as desserts and snacks. They can also be added to savoury dishes for a touch of sweetness.

Hoshigaki pairs beautifully with honey or fresh butter, brown sugar, bourbon, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, and spices such as vanilla, cloves, star anise, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.

In addition to their delicious taste, hoshigaki are also valued for their nutritional value. They are a good source of fibre and contain vitamins A and C, alonside various antioxidants. Additionally, as they contain natural sugars, they can provide a quick energy boost, making them a popular choice for a healthy snack.

A white powder may form on the surface of the persimmon, this is just a crystallisation of the natural sugars contained within the fruit.

The production of hoshigaki is very labour intensive and is all done by hand.

Here's how the process typically works:

Selection of Persimmons: The best persimmons for making hoshigaki are those that are firm and ripe but not overly soft. Varieties such as the Hachiya persimmon are commonly used due to their high sugar content and ideal texture.

Peeling and Hanging: The persimmons are carefully peeled, leaving the stems intact. Then, they are strung together with cotton strings, typically by their stems. The strings of persimmons are hung in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors, where they can be exposed to sunlight and fresh air.

Massaging and Shaping: Over the drying process, which can take several weeks to a month or more, the persimmons are periodically massaged by hand. This helps to break down the flesh and redistribute the natural sugars, resulting in a more even texture and sweeter flavour. Additionally, the massaging process helps to shape the persimmons into the characteristic wrinkled appearance associated with hoshigaki.

Sun Drying: The persimmons continue to dry naturally in the sun, with the occasional massaging, until they reach the desired consistency. This slow drying process allows the sugars in the fruit to caramelize, intensifying the flavour and creating the chewy texture characteristic of hoshigaki.

Packaging: Once fully dried, the hoshigaki are carefully removed from the strings and tend to be wrapped individually to prevent sticking and maintain freshness.

Protect from light and heat, refrigerate once open.

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Helen (Hackney, England)
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Very expensive would not have purchased if I had realised how much was in the package , up there with the price of gold !!

Hi Helen, sorry you found the Persimmon expensive, they are produced using a very labour intensive traditional process by hand so they are rather a premium product - we really hope you enjoyed them nonetheless and we'll send you over a voucher for your next purchase as a sweetener of the memory :)