Monday, October 18, 2010

Fuyu


Right now the orchard is full of trees with fuyu persimmons turning from light to darker orange.  Fuyu persimmons are a type of persimmon that can be eaten when they're firm.  You don't have to wait for them to get soft to eat them (like the Hachiya variety), they're sweet and non-astringent when they're hard.

At the orchard we have a four different varieties of fuyu persimmons.  We have  Jiro, Izu, Giant fuyu, and an older original round fuyu.  In general, the fuyu varieties taste similar but have slightly different shapes and sizes.  Jiro, Izu and Giant Fuyu are squarish with four separate sections.  The older original round fuyu is rounded with a sharp tip at the end.   In the photo above you can see the round type of fuyu at the very left, next to one of the square types.  At the right is a Hachiya persimmon.


Here's what's at the Fruit Stand now: 

  • Persimmons--Lots of Fuyu and Maru and limited quantities of Hachiya and vodka-treated Hyakume
  • Apples--Golden Delicious, Fuji, Mutsu, Granny Smith, Pippen
  • Asian Pear--Olympic and Okusankichi
  • Pomegranate--white variety
  • Quince
  • Jujube
  • Vegetables--tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, zucchini,  tomatillos
  • Winter Squash--Red Kuri, Butternut, Delicata, Acorn, Kabocha, Spaghetti
  • Pumpkins and Gourds--at the fruit stand or pick your own in the pumpkin patch
  • Eggs--from chickens at our orchard
  • Honey--from bees at our orchard

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