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Last fruit hanging in 2021... "the fruit of success"


๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ 2021โ€ฆ โ€œ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ดโ€


Beijing and the North of China have already witnessed snow storms and most trees have been stripped from their leaves, ready for a winter sleep. But there is still one fruit proudly hanging on bare tree branches these days, orange and plump splashing pulp and juice when finally dropping off around the end of this month or even into December (But not many fruits will drop as people will pick them during this time).




ๆŸฟ (Shรฌ) or Persimmon (Diospyros kaki), also called kaki (but this name applies to other similar diospyros species around the world as well) is an ancient fruit in China and ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ค๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ (๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ๐—•๐—–-๐—”๐——๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ), ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ-๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด (๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด-๐Ÿต๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ). Persimmon was introduced to Japan in the 7th century where it has become a national fruit and later on to other countries in Asia. In the late 1800's the fruit was introduced in the USA and other parts of the world.


The fruit is recommended in ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ for high blood pressure and loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene (for Vitamin A) and fibers.





Due to its perishability, the fruits are usually dried, frozen or processed to jams or cakes immediately after harvest to be consumed during wintertime. Persimmon should not be eaten unripe due to the high amount of tannins which only lowers to acceptable levels at its full ripeness.


Its name ๆŸฟ (Shรฌ) sounds similar to โ€œbusiness affairsโ€ and ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. A persimmon tree is often planted in temple gardens as it is said to have ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€: ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†; ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€; ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€.



๐˜ˆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข '๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด' (็™พไบ‹ๅ‰ๅˆฉ).


These pictures are taken from a beautiful persimmon tree in the middle of the Beijing Zoo during a visit last week.


#beijing #harvest #persimmon #crosscultural


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