Another late one for dVerse, this time a fruity one inspired by “the way to cut a pomegranate”.

I’m bingeing on persimmons at the moment, while their short end of autumn/beginning of winter season lasts. The way to cut a persimmon, unless you eat the skin, is 4 cuts and then pull it into 8 segments like an orange as shown in the picture of my breakfast.ย 

Glowing orange with
all the light of autumn caught
and stored as sweetness
beneath that smooth glossy skin –
four cuts for a winter feast.


I wrote a tanka because I thought they were native to Japan, but just checked and discovered that they’re actually native to China. Ooops. ย 


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16 responses to “persimmons

  1. Love your Persimmon tanka … wishing you a good Fall/Winter!!!

  2. I’m not really familiar with persimmons. Very rarely, I see them in the store, and I’ve never tried them. Nice tanka and photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I just got the chance to taste persimmons last year and they are a fruity delight. I loved your tanka especially these lines:-
    Glowing orange with
    all the light of autumn caught
    and stored as sweetness

  4. This is lovely and it sounds absolutely delicious.

  5. Persimmons are such exotic fruit, Kate, even the name is exotic, and Iโ€™ve never eaten one. Now Iโ€™ve read your gorgeous tanka, I will be looking for persimmons, so thank you for the tip on how to cut one. What a gorgeous opening: โ€˜Glowing orange with all the light of autumnโ€™ โ€“ it has really caught my imagination โ€“ and my breath!

    • Thanks Kim ๐Ÿ™‚ Just watch out for the astringent ones, they’ll have you trying to wash the taste and weird fuzziness out of your mouth. I bought a kilo of the wrong sort recently and ended up chucking them all to the pig. Look out for non-astringent varieties.

  6. We should have a harvest of these later in the year: something to look forward to in autumn. Thanks!

  7. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s still a good tanka! In the UK we also call them Sharron fruit. Persimmons sounds more sophisticated though. That’s when Sharron changed her image ๐Ÿ˜‹

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