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Persimmon harvest in full swing in Sado Island.

Fujiko M.

by Fujiko M.

(30 reviews)
Last updated : Apr 29, 20221 min read

Food & Drink

These persimmons look delicious, don't they?

But don't bite it now!  Not yet!

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 Harvested persimmons are put in a plastic bag with special alcohol and sealed for about a week to remove astringency.

blog imageThis is the busiest season in a year for me!  From early October until mid-November, we pesimmon farmers have to harvest, sort out and ship them.

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What is this??  Persimmon cheese cake??

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Yes, it is and its sooo delicious!   Persimmons and cream cheese are a perfect match!

Believe it or not,  I made it.  It's my seasonal treat.

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