November is persimmon season for me. As a child I was accustomed to seeing the mediterranean ones in the grocery stores, the big oval shaped squishy ones that I never really developed a fondness for. When I lived in Japan, however, I was introduced to their fuyu persimmons, a non astringent variety that is edible when still firm. Not only is the texture of the fuyu wonderfully crunchy but the taste is divine.
While in Japan I also became aquainted with the persimmon tree. It is a wide, bushy tree with large floppy leaves that turn the most extraordinary colors in the fall. Once the leaves fall the tree is left with an adornment of bright orange persimmons looking like miniature pumpkins that is quite a lovely and singular sight to behold. Even in the big concrete metropolis that is Tokyo these lovely persimmon trees could be seen everywhere poking out over walls and fences, announcing the final fall harvest.
Fuyu persimmons and their trees can be found all over North America now, and several years ago when I had a large garden I planted a tree and waited patiently for the fruit to come. It took eight years for the first fruit to grow and when they did I made sure I photographed their beauteous bounty. The watercolour at the top is one I made from that first harvest. While most of the painting is watercolour I included some sumi ink work to connect the piece to my time spent in Japan, where I first fell in love with this tree and its fruit.
Persimmon, an 11″x14″ watercolor and ink painting, is offered this week at $200. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to purchase.