Persimmon 杮

The two major kinds of this wonderfully bright coloured fruit are Fuyu and Hachiya. Hachiya takes on a shape resembling that of a roma tomato. It is soft to the touch when ripe. It stays fresh for only a few days. The tannins in the fruit bind to the proteins in our saliva, causing them to aggregate and give rise to a rough “sandpapery” or dry sensation in the mouth. The Hachiya is therefore used mainly for cooking. The Fuyu on the other hand, is developed by breeding out the tannic acid from the Hachiya, getting rid of the astringent property, making it more palatable. The shape of Fuyu resembles that of a miniature pumpkin. It is usually eaten fresh, and if stored properly at room temperature, it can stay fresh up to 3 weeks.
Persimmons are highly prized besides its culinary uses. The small unripe fruits from wild persimmon trees are crushed, and mixed with water to turn into a paste. This paste can be painted on wood to preserve it; when painted on paper, the solution can repel insects; and painted on cloth to make it moisture-wicking. All of these functions are owing to the high tannin content in the persimmon paste.

我不是蕃茄啊,我叫杮子,不是來自日本的啦,當然亞洲各地都有我的親屬,秋天到了,或許閣下會看見山坡一遍橙黃色,全都是我的家人哩。我可以化成不同的用處,不同的形狀,有時候黑黑扁扁成了杮餅,有時候光光亮亮充滿水份,又有時候完全是一瓶汁液,各有各的方法,各有各的用處,有些人類說我太澀了要泡泡石灰,是為了保持溫度又可以隔離令我變澀的雜質,我就這樣躺著等待等待,總有一天,人們就會歡天喜地的帶我去慶祝,去野餐,去分享。我也有變得乾巴巴的時候,沒法子,有些人類就是燥熱咳嗽都需要變成杮餅的我。不知道閣下有沒有留意過我都會變成液態的狀況。呀?不是啦,不是壞掉變成黏糊啦。是最高層次的藝術品哩,是杮漆啊。很多日本人都會使用,他們會把我上漆到一些工藝品、紙品、木器和布料等等,又可以防蟲又可以防水的,多用途美妙有趣偉大好味道集於一身吧。謝謝,謝謝。