Tea Pairings

Tea Pairing: Houjicha Gold and Dried Persimmon? Sounds Good to Us.

It was pretty good.

The idea came to us to pair our Houjicha Gold with dried persimmon or hoshikaki (干し柿) in Japanese. Roasted green tea and dried persimmon actually pair quite well together. In the video below, one of our staff members tried this pairing.

This was actually filmed in January, during the winter. Hoshigaki are usually prepared in the winter, being harvested when they are still unripe and quite stringent. In Japan, the fruit are peeled and then suspended by strings from their stems. It is a comforting sight to see. The gaki (persimmons) are massaged daily after they start to dry out and this gives Japanese dried persimmon their distinctive shape. China and Korea also have a culture of drying persimmons and, if going to your local Chinese or Korean market, are sometimes seen to be a bit flat, almost like a patty or a wheel.

Some persimmons being dried In Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, Japan. (Source: Wikipedia)
Korean-style Dried Persimmon (Source: Wikipedia)

The process of making hoshikaki involves trimming the sepals and peeling the skin off. They are then strung up by the stem and exposed to the sun. As the flesh starts to become more leathery, it is then massaged. After a month to six weeks, natural sugars begin to appear on the surface of the fruit which indicates that the hoshikaki are ready to eat.

The sugary sweetness of the persimmon goes well with the roasted, slightly savory note of the houjicha. Houjicha is nice to drink in the winter because of its roasted flavor. Really, because of its low caffeine content, it can be nice to drink any time of the year and most times of the day. The roasted aroma and flavor reminds one a toasty campfire on a cold winter or autumn night.

Though we are almost to the middle of 2024, you can still get your hands on some dried persimmon. Houjicha is usually available all year round, so we hope you’ll try this simple combination. Follow our instagram and tiktok for more content and feel free to subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address in the designated area at the bottom of any page of our website.