The new 2011 Hoshigaki Mail Order Form is now posted here on the website, under the "Hoshigaki/Persimmons" tab. If you'd like to mail order hoshigaki (Japanese hand-dried persimmon) this year, please print out the order form and mail it back to us.
Out in the orchard the hachiya persimmons are still slightly green, so we haven't started peeling any yet for hoshigaki. The hachiyas need to be fully orange, but still hard to be able to peel in order to start the drying process. After peeling, each fruit takes around six weeks to dry, depending on the weather. The peeled fruits are hung by their stems in pairs and massaged every few days to help them to dry evenly. By the end of the drying process, each persimmon has developed a dusting of natural powdered sugar on its surface, and is soft and sweet.
Please keep in mind that because of these natural processes and weather variables, orders may take 8 to 10 weeks to ship. It's important to get your order in as soon as possible, because supplies are limited to what we can produce while the weather permits.