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Tottori Inaba Farmers' Co-operative Group
5-261, Higashi, Koyama-cho, Tottori City, Tottori, Japan

Seasons: Late November to mid-December


Hanagosho-Kaki is one of Tottori's specialties. This hanagosho-gaki is a sweet persimmon grown only in the Inaba region in the eastern part of Tottori Prefecture and is characterized by its sweetness and high juice.

Hanagosho-Kaki is different from other persimmons in that it is left on the tree after the leaves have fallen off, and the persimmons are picked when they are ripe and orange at the end of November when it gets cold. The sight of the persimmon turned into a tree is like a flower, and the local people say, "A flower blooms on a persimmon".

Each Hanagosho-Kaki in the box was carefully wrapped in paper. When I took it out, it was about the size of an adult's fist, and there seemed to be a lot of black spots on the surface of the persimmon due to the fact that it was left to grow late. When I smoked it, it was surprisingly protein and not too sweet. The yellow pulp inside is filled with faint sesame seeds. There are also a couple of seeds in the center of the fruit. Well, it's a healthy-looking persimmon, so I ate it in a gulp.

This Hanagosho-Kaki is said to be very sweet as I mentioned above, so I may have eaten today's one while it was still ripe. Well, there are many, so take your time. Ah, I'm looking forward to it, I hope it doesn't turn red soon.

I thought I ate it later when it was ripe, but it didn't become so sweet and remained elegant.

Hmmm, now that I think about it, maybe the criteria for "very sweet" was wrong in the first place. These days, I'm a persimmon lover, and I wonder if it doesn't mean "very sweet" among the sweet persimmons that have astringent taste or are only moderately sweet.
©Japanese Famous Foods , Update:2020/07/12