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Hoshigaki 3.0

Persimmons, washed

Oh yes, kittens, it's that time again. I've procured some lovely firm hachiya persimmons from Twin Girls Farm. It's hoshigaki time! 

Last year's batch was not without pitfalls. I lost about half to mold, and the remainder dried successfully, but the sugar didn't bloom — at first. More on that later, as I test my theory this year, especially since we seem to be headed for another dry winter. 

Persimmons, peeled

Gave these girls a nice peel all over, and brought them down to the basement to hang. 

Hoshigaki, hung

And now we wait. Wish me luck, hey?

This Post Has 7 Comments
  1. I’m not trying to be glib, but until they’re done. The first time took about 5-6 weeks; last year took longer, but not because they weren’t drying. The sugar didn’t bloom on the surface. I was eventually able to make it happen, and we’ll see if I have to do it again this year.

  2. Yeah, after they shrivel and darken, after a while the sugar will bloom. There’s no rhyme or reason to it; it’ll happen when it happens.

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