Hoshigaki / Persimmons


Otow Orchard is renowned for preserving the Japanese art of hoshigaki -- hoshi means dried and gaki is from kaki, the Japanese word for persimmon.

Our fresh persimmons are dried each fall in a slow, patient, hands-on process that usually takes three to six weeks...per persimmon. Each persimmon is hand-peeled, strung onto a rack, and massaged every 3 to 5 days for several weeks. Weather conditions are watched carefully. The result is a transformation into a sugary delicacy that is tender and moist with concentrated persimmon flavor.

Harvest season begins in October and the process is completed by January. Our hoshigaki can be purchased at our farmstand or shipped within the United States.

Due to a small persimmon crop this year, we are not currently accepting new hoshigaki orders for this season. If we have more in a few weeks we'll put it back on the order form. You can currently still buy Mandarins via our Mail Order Form. (requires Adobe Reader)

Making Hoshigaki (25 photos)

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