Kitchen Culture

tasty tidbits from the old-fashioned Japanese Kitchen



Kaki no Chikara


Kaki ga akaku naru to isha ga aoku naru” (as persimmons turn to orange, doctors turn green) is a Japanese saying similar to the American “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This adage attests to the powerhouse of nutrients found in ripe persimmon fruit: all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties). Other powerful antioxidants found in persimmons include beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. The fruit is also mineral rich: potassium, manganese, copper and phosphorus.

Kaki Kama no Shira Aé
Looking for ways to enjoy persimmons?
Choose a non-astringent variety
such as the one pictured here



DOWNLOAD a recipe for

Kaki Kama no Shira Aé


To read more about PERSIMMON POWER including the many uses to which kaki shibu (astringent fermented persimmon mash) can be put, read my October 2016 NEWSLETTER HERE.