I have added a new fruit to my list of fruits I like:)
Have you ever ran across a fruit in a grocery store or at the market that look like a tomato? If you have you have seen a Kaki. Kaki look so much like Tomatoes but they are not a bright reddish orange color. They are a pale orangish yellow color. Kaki are better known as the Japanese Persimmon, Kaki Persimmon, Shizi, and Diospyros Kaki.
This fruit has no seeds! Well it does. It is jelly like that can be eaten. It is sweet but not so sweet that it is intolerable to eat the whole thing. You can eat the skin if you would like. When riped the skin is really thin. You may use it salads and in cooking by making pudding, juices, pies, and in cakes! This fruit is high in protein and vitamins.
I have read that it is not good to eat this fruit on a empty stomach and never to eat the Kaki not ripe. “The fruit will contain the soluble tannin shibuol, which, upon contact with a weak acid, polymerizes in the stomach and forms a gluey coagulum that can affix with other stomach matter causing indigestion”(Wikipedia). Also note unripe Kaki has a bitter chalky taste. I bet now you are asking how do you know when the Kaki is ripe. Pretty easy..the Kaki should be nice and soft and not firm or hard. When ripe it taste like a melon. If you still can’t distinguish when it is ripe. You can wait until the top of the Kaki little stem look dead (really dried out) or even when you see a little black spot which is a sign that it is over ripe. It still taste good when it is over ripe. Nice, sweet, and mushy like mango when over ripe!
If you ever run across this delicious tasty fruit it is a must to give it a try!