I am obsessed with Korean dried persimmon, 곶감. They have been in all of the shops for the last month, and since I tried them about 3 weeks ago I have been devouring them with reckless abandon. It took me a while to try them because I don’t actually like fresh persimmons very much, but when they grow older and shrivel up all of their sweetness is heightened and they become like chewy honey. They are a vibrant orange and are coated in a white sugary powder that develops naturally during the drying process.
Right now at the smaller family run stores in Korea you can get an 8 pack for between 4-8,000 won. During the rest of the year though they’re fairly expensive. I don’t think I ever came across these in New Zealand, I think because persimmons themselves are a rarity there.
Here is a blog about the steps taken to produce the sweet dried persimmons – http://www.rootsimple.com/2012/11/how-to-make-hoshigaki-dried-persimmons/. It is a similar process in Korea.
Have you tried them yet??