Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
All it takes is fresh hachiya persimmons, a cool, dark place to hang them, and several weeks of patience and diligence, and you get hoshigaki, Japanese dried persimmons.
Chili pepper, yuzu zest and salt combine to create a fermented condiment that wakes up the taste buds. Excellent with sushi, fresh oysters or as an added punch in your New Year's Day bloody mary!
For those who enjoy feisty little pickles. These are quick and easy, once you've made your trek to Japantown...