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October 28, 2005
What is the most widely eaten fruit in the world?
Filed in: Current Affairs, Good eats, Japan

If you said "apple" you'd be incorrect (I know, I know, I'm a Washington stater and I do love the apples) ...


The right answer is a variety of DIOSPYROS kaki the 'Asian persimmon'.

I grew up in the south so I always thought that a persimmon was that horribly astringent little fruit that a human being would only taste one time in their life. Those are Diospyros virginiana - a very different critter.

What I'm talking about is a fruit that looks almost exaclty like a tomato - either yellow or bright orange - and is as firm and crisp as an apple. It's not astringent (in most varieties) and tastes delicious.


The Fuyu variety is cultivated extensively in Japan and is considered by some to be the Japanese national fruit. Varieties of these are extremely popular all over Asia (especially China and Korea) - and have grown in popularity in Europe and Israel (the 'Sharon' variety).

So far, these scrumptious fruits have gained little traction in the US. I think that's about to change. A pretty good growing industry has developed in California and this year it seems that they are showing up in more markets. You can certainly find them at the local asian grocery store and some of the high variety produce markets. We are right in the season for them right now - about October to December in the states.

I just found some California grown Fuyu's yesterday - and they are marvelous!

K, they are nothing like Kumquats! Blech!

And, Scott, I think they are deserving of one of your culinary creations....

UPDATE: K found a whole box of 'em at Costco.

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Wow, Mac, the mind started whirring. How about dicing them and then roasting them with some shallots and olive oil while you're reducing some Washington state Pinot noir and some chicken stock? Maybe touch it with some honey if you need to.

Pureé it all together with a few pats of butter, then serve this sauce with a fish dish similar to the halibut preparation I did the other day.

EMCEE: Those are some mouth-watering thoughts there Scott. I gotta try that... Thanks!

Posted by: Scott P at Oct 28, 2005 11:27:11 AM

Ya think the above recipe might go with Cajun Catfish nuggets and cole-slaw tonight?
I just picked up a box of 'em at Costco thanks to Mac! :)

Posted by: SondraK at Oct 28, 2005 4:14:45 PM

Let me know what you do, Mac.

Sondra- probably too late but hell, yeah!

Posted by: Scott P at Oct 29, 2005 2:31:11 PM

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