Where Can I get Hoshigaki?
Where can I find hoshigaki (dried hachiya persimmons) in the Bay Area? I saw this article in sfgate:
I'd like to get the hoshigaki in person rather than do mail order for it. Is this available in Chinatown?
The article mentions Tokyo Fish in Berkeley ... massaged dried persimmons.
"Hoshigaki are made from whole Hachiya persimmons, meticulously peeled, that dangle from a pole for a month to dry. While drying, they are gingerly massaged every few days to redistribute the fruit's sugars and bring them to the surface in a delicate white bloom."
The Chinese ones are different from the Japanese Hoshi-gaki. See pic:
The Chinese persimmons are Fuyu and they're mass produced and dried in dehydrators. Hoshi-gakis are bigger and it's sun dried (thus, $18+ per pound):
While I've never bought any, you might try a Japanese grocery store - Nijiya or Suruki's in San Mateo.
FYI, if you can't find them on the Penninsula and decide to go to Tokyo Fish, call to ask about availability. I went today and they were sold out. I guess I wasn't the only one intrigued about that Chron report about massaged dried persimmons.