There’s something Japan’s favourite fermented foodstuffs have in common, and you may not have heard of it before.
Sweet, juicy, sometimes crispy, persimmons are a treat to have, and while it is prized for its multiple health benefits, it is also celebrated as a festive food during the Moon festival.
Every year persimmons are offered to the Moon Goddess as a sacrifice, as Chinese believe that the fruit symbolises prosperity, and presenting it as an offering will bring them peace and a generous harvest the coming year.
The Chinese also believe that Persimmon is one of Chang Er’s (Moon Goddess) favourite fruit, which she consumes quite often on the Moon.
These fruits have a hefty amount of nutrition in them. They are a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin-A, beta-carotene, Vitamin-C, potassium, manganese, and folic acid.
In Japan, Persimmons and their rind are used extensively to make exotic teas and pickles.
The Gongcheng County, known as the “Chinese persimmon town”, has a very long history of growing persimmons, making it a speciality of Gongcheng.
During autumn, all persimmons hanging on the trees turn to a golden colour and lightens the gates and porches of every family, which creates a very spectacular scene, attracting numerous tourists and locals alike.