Over the past few weeks we've had a few days of rain, which has slowed hoshigaki drying a bit. When it rains we have to leave the freshly peeled persimmons that are on the outside racks covered. When it's sunny the rack is uncovered during the day so the fruit can be exposed to the wind and sun to help with drying. In damp air the sticks of persimmons hanging in the inside rooms are more difficult to massage without damaging them.
We're still peeling persimmons to start new hoshigaki because the persimmons are still hard enough to peel. Sometime we'll need to stop peeling because the persimmons will either be mostly too ripe to dry well or the weather will be too cool or damp for them to dry well. Right now we're still taking orders for pick up at the fruit stand or mail order. If you'd like to pick up more than a pound of hoshigaki at our fruit stand, it's a good idea to call ahead. We've started sending out hoshigaki mail orders that were ordered earlier this fall.
Did you know that you could make persimmon-pumpkin pie? One way is to take a recipe for pumpkin pie and substitute half the amount of pumpkin with persimmon pulp. Here's a link to a photo and recipe for persimmon-pumpkin pie from an earlier post.
Here's what we have at the fruit stand now:
- Persimmons--Fuyu, Maru (chocolate), vodka-treated hyakume, hachiya (soft or firm), hoshigaki (Japanese hand-dried persimmons)
- Pomegranate--white variety (cream to pink outside, softer, sweeter pink seeds) red variety
- Asian Pears--Shinko, Okusankichi
- Apples--Granny Smith
- Winter Squash--Butternut, Kabocha (many varieties), Red Kuri, pie pumpkins
- Vegetables--Winter melon (togan), green tomatoes, Swiss chard, herbs
- Decorative Gourds
- Honey--from bees at our orchard
- Eggs--from free range chickens
- Beeswax candles--handmade 100% beeswax from the orchard
- The Art of Real Food Cookbook--by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenney
- Perfectly Persimmon Cookbook--1004 persimmon recipes by Jean Brine
- The California Persimmon, a persimmon cookbook published by the University of California Cooperative Extension, Placer and Nevada Counties.
- Master Gardeners Calender--by Placer County Master Gardeners