A kilogram of bamboo persimmon costs from 80 to 100 thousand, high compared to other types of persimmons. But the short season and the unique taste make bamboo persimmon very popular.
Persimmon is considered a typical fruit of autumn. Referring to persimmons, people often think of pickled persimmons that are both crispy and sweet, a favorite of young people. For more traditional people, they will think of red roses (cup persimmons, egg persimmons) with a characteristic red orange or red color, when ripe, soft and fragrant, served with fruit nuggets is a great couple. But about 2 or 3 years ago, there is another kind of persimmon that is very sought after, which is bamboo persimmon.
Why is it called persimmon skin?
In terms of form, bamboo skin persimmon looks like a large soaked persimmon. The reason is called bamboo persimmon because when freshly picked, the persimmon is green and hard, reminiscent of the color of the bamboo stem.
When ripe, the persimmon skin of bamboo gradually turns yellow, soft to the touch like a water ball. At that time, the bamboo skin is sweet and fragrant, the part close to the skin is rough like eating jelly.
Bamboo skin is the fruit of which region? When is the bamboo skin harvested?
Bamboo persimmon is a specialty of Thai Nguyen province, in which Dong Hy, Thai Nguyen is the main place to grow bamboo persimmon. Only one case a year lasts about a month. The time to harvest persimmon skin is usually from late August to September every year, so if you want to try this specialty fruit, you should watch to buy it early before the crop ends.
How much is a pound of bamboo skin?
As a specialty fruit, the output is not much, so the price of persimmon skin is quite high, averaging about 80,000 to 100,000 VND/kg. Due to the large fruit, each pound of persimmon skin can only produce about 5 to 7 fruits.
Characteristics and how to eat bamboo skin persimmons
The characteristic of bamboo skin persimmon is that the shell is very hard and must wait until the persimmon is soft to eat.
As mentioned, bamboo skin persimmon looks like pickled persimmon and is usually as hard as pickled persimmon when picked. However, if the characteristic of pickled persimmon is that the fruit is crispy, even if it is too ripe to eat, there is still a certain degree of crunchiness, then if you want to eat it, you have to wait for the ripe fruit to be soft like red persimmon.
Bamboo skin persimmon has no seeds, when ripe, the flesh of bamboo skin is clear, yellow-orange like egg yolk. Therefore, in addition to the name bamboo persimmon, some people also call this type of persimmon with the name “chicken egg yolk”. However, although soft as red rose, bamboo skin persimmon is not as mushy as red rose, sweet, cool and pleasant.
Unlike peeled red persimmons, eat here or pickled and peeled persimmons, the way to eat bamboo skin persimmons is to wait for the persimmons to ripen, toss the fruit in half lengthwise and then use a small spoon to scoop each piece close to the skin. If you put the persimmon skin in the refrigerator for a few hours before eating, you will feel like you are eating a delicious natural jelly.
Bamboo skin persimmon, autumn gift hot trend
As mentioned, in the past few years, bamboo persimmon has become a sought-after specialty fruit, although the price is much higher than other types of persimmon. To be fair, in the autumn with pleasant weather, easy to eat, and sleep well, buying a delicious piece of food to enjoy and sip is also very worthwhile.
So if you have the conditions, you should also try to buy bamboo persimmon, wait patiently for a few days for it to ripen to know more about a delicious specialty fruit. In addition, because the fruit skin is hard, the bamboo skin is also very easy to transport to the provinces, giving it as a gift!