Japanese Massaged Dried Persimmon
Hoshi gaki are persimmons that are peeled and dried whole over a period of several weeks through a combination of hanging and gentle hand-massaging, until the sugars contained in the fruit form a delicate surface dusting that looks like frost. Unlike sliced dried fruit, which tends to be brittle and leathery, hoshi gaki are succulent, tender and moist, with a concentrated persimmon flavor. The hoshi gaki method is traditional to Japan, and came to America with Japanese American farmers. Because they are so labor-intensive, hoshi gaki all but disappeared from commercial production.
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