18 Oct '15, 8am
"Japanese delicacy made by gently massaging persimmons while they air dry" Makes you want to be a persimmon, no?
Hoshigaki [ discussion ] are a Japanese delicacy made by gently massaging persimmons while they air dry. The persimmons used to make the sweet hoshigaki are the astringent varieties such as Hachiya. The first step is to cut the top off, while carefully leaving the stem that they will hang from. Next you peel the skin off the fruit leaving a tip of skin on the underside opposite the stem. This helps to prevent sugars from the fruit dripping. Cut a length of string and tie it into a loop. Take two similarly sized fruits and tie their stems together with the string. A 2 inch diameter pole (traditionally bamboo) is just about right to keep the persimmons separated (see below). Hang the persimmons in a sunny window. Leave the fruits to dry for a week without touching them. After a week has passed you begin to gently massage each persimmon every other day, a light touch rather t...