What can I say? Food ("tabemono" in Japanese) is one of my passions! And I'm currently passionate about persimmons. :)
When I was reading the Indy Star on-line, I came across this article about persimmons. Although this is the peak month for persimmons in Indiana, I've been eating this yummy fruit for the last three months in Japan.
I was first introduced to the "kaki" (the Japanese name for persimmon) when one of the teachers at Yamane Jr. High School gave me one, back in August. I thought it was a tomato.
Before you think I'm crazy, check out this picture of a kaki:
Does it not look like a tomato!? I have several of these in my fridge right now that I could take pictures of. This picture is from the internet, though.
Since I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes, I decided to give my tomato to Tomoki. Tomoki laughed at me (what's new?) and said, "That's not a tomato! It's a...ummm...errr...I don't know in English. But it's a kaki in Japanese." So he looked it up in his fancy little electronic translator, and we learned that this tomato-wanna-be is actually a persimmon.
I've been enjoying the juicy, sweet fruit -- which thankfully tastes nothing like a tomato -- ever since. :)
I always just slice it up and eat. But maybe I'll try making the apple and persimmon salad recipe that's at the end of the Indy Star article.
If you're a persimmon-eater like me, I hope you can enjoy some delicious persimmon pudding (or even some apple and persimmon salad) this Thanksgiving!