persimmons on a branch copy

Also known as kaki or Sharon fruit, and one of my favourite winter fruit. It is in full season now and as it happens, I am staying with a great friend who has a tree laden with them. So, every morning I go down in my dressing gown and slippers to eat a few picked straight off the tree. It reminds me of my childhood Syrian summers when we stayed with my aunt whose house was surrounded by jujube, pomegranate and fig trees to name but a few. Β One thing I learned this morning as I was reading through the wikipedia entry for persimmons is that the species of trees bearing the fruit belongs to the ebony wood family, another favourite — I once wanted to do my kitchen in solid ebony until a friend who was in the wood business told me that the trees areΒ endangered! Fortunately, persimmons are not and those on my friend’s tree are fuyu whereas most of the ones I used to eat in Lebanon are Hachiya which are very precious whenΒ dried.

persimmon tree copy

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  • Glorious treefull of fruit. I encountered persimmons for the first time outside of Florence in October. As I recall, the tree had retained its leaves to that point. When the orange globes fell to the ground, our only method of harvesting one, the meat of the fruit was the texture of pudding and just as delicious. ENJOY!

  • thanks georgia. they are totally delicious. will be enjoying for two more days πŸ™‚

  • Presume the Ebony warning was from me? I know I wouldn’t let you do it. Glad you remember πŸ™‚

  • it was both you and a friend who is in the wood business in ghana, the one who gave me my parquet flooring for the drawing room in clapham, remember? πŸ™‚

  • Anissa, could you describe the flavor of persimmons. I’ve yet to try them.

  • it’s a sweet but subtle flavour that is unlike any other fruit. and if they are not ripe enough, they leave a furry taste on your tongue. not unpleasant but slightly weird πŸ™‚

  • I think I used to eat these when I was little and remember enjoying them. Such a beautiful looking fruit and to be able to eat them straight off the tree is such a treat :}

  • I wonder if the ones we eat in Turkey are the same as the Lebanon ones? I love the look of them but have got to admit to really disliking them. They’re too sweet for me. That’s a beautiful photo by the way.

  • i think they are the same, longish and they need to be very soft to be good. i love them but then i have a sweet tooth. and so glad you like the photo julia πŸ™‚

  • Kaki is my favorite fruit in winter. What watermelon in summer for me is, kaki in winter. πŸ™‚ We call it Hurma in Turkey, also one of the things not delicious for everyone, but if you like it you like it A LOT like me πŸ™‚

    Nice to see peoples who has the same taste with me:) But i’m happy not everyone like it so all the fruits in my home left to me, only thing i m greedy about πŸ™‚

  • Anissa,

    I love your work and your website. I am especially interested in the photo of the persimmon tree. I am making a handmade book for a friend of mine to accompany a poem she wrote called “Persimmons” about her husband who died unexpectedly of a heart attack last year. I’m wondering if I can use or purchase and un-watermarked version of the photo.

    Jory Post
    Santa Cruz, CA

  • thank you so much jory. am happy to let you use it as long as you credit me πŸ™‚

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