We are drying persimmons this year from Gretchen and Chuck's Tree. We watched a TV show about it and got super inspired. Also we have been looking into it online for a while. Here is what we did,
1) Cut hachiya persimmons from tree when they are still hard, but have turned orange in color. Keep the T shape of the stem, for the hanging phase.
2) Peeled the persimmons
3) Attached strings around the T's
4) Hang them to dry.
5) 1st - Five days in the sun (take inside if it is very moist out or raining). We have had fog at night, so are bringing them in.
6) 2nd - 2 weeks or so, massage each persimmon for about 30 seconds. This helps bring out the natural sugars. If it feels like a water balloon about to pop, then skip massaging those ones for a day or so.
7) 3rd - 2 -6 weeks - Allow them to finish drying indoors
8) Should look like a crystalized shrunken version of itself in the end.
9) Eat and enjoy, be careful of any inside seeds when eating. I think there is one bigger one.
So, this is the first time we have tried this. We built a rack with wheels so we can put then in and out of our garage. Chuck and Gretchen are trying this too, but under the eves of the roof on the house. It will be interesting to see how this all come out in the end. It is an old Japanese tradition to dry persimmons this way. Cool thing to do with all that beautiful fruit that is so hard to eat all up once they go off.
Stacy and Brian