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Dried persimmons with as pleasant a texture as a taste!

Indigenous to the Far East, the persimmon is a fruit known for its delicate flavour and is nowadays mainly cultivated in China, Spain, South Korea and Japan. 

Available on the market with appellations ranging from “Japanese persimmon” to simply “persimmon,” it can be consumed both fresh and dry, much like figs. This is essentially the case in Asia, where the persimmon is often found in dry form.

The dried variety we are dealing with in the case of this product is a particularly popular Japanese cultivar called Ichidakaki, which is grown in the central and southern parts of the Japanese Alps in the centre of the island of Honshu, on both sides of the Tenryu River. These fruits have been cultivated for over 500 years and owe their richness of taste and texture to an exceptional environment.
They are dried from late autumn to early winter, enduring the very cold morning temperatures and the dampness of the fumes generated by the nearby river.

The product thus treated retains a very particular chewiness and an exceptional sweetness that makes it very popular in Japan and which was also very much appreciated by the Monde Sélection jury, who took a particular liking to it. Covered in a curious-looking whitish veil that is in fact a completely natural result of the drying process, the Ichidakaki fully manifests all its flavour and texture qualities when tasted.

As one member of the jury noted: “Good taste, nice dried fruit texture though without excessive dryness, nice balance of sweetness, nicely presented… A magnificent product…”

An abundance of qualities that have led this rare and delicate product to win the Grand Gold Award!

毎年、卓越したノウハウと品質の証として、各カテゴリーにつき一つの製品が審査員賞を授与されます。この資格を得るためには、審査員団により満場一致で「クープ・ド・クール(一目惚れ)」のように選ばれれなければなりません。審査員賞は、5つのノミネート製品の中から選出されるため、さらに受賞者にとって大きな名誉となります。

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