Persimmon in Dubai

One of things I love living in Dubai is being able to eat so many kinds of fruits, no matter what the season is. Pretty neat considering we live in the desert. Look what I found at the grocery store: Persimmons! It goes by the name “Kaka” here, just a wee bit different to what they’re called in Japan: “Kaki”.

It’s my favorite autumn fruit – that one fruit that sends me to nostalgia land every time I see it, or eat it.

Persimmon was the first fruit I ever ate in Japan. It was a chilly, rainy autumn day in October 16 years ago when I was ushered into the school dormitory, the place where I would spend more than 4 years. I did not know anyone and there was no other girl from my country. There were several students from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – they were all friendly but at the end of the day, they would gather in their own groups, talking in their native languages. I was scared on my first night in Japan. Will I ever find friends?

I was lying in bed looking at the ceiling and thinking of my family back home (just you know, thinking because there is no internet and I did not have any mobile) I heard a knock on my door and when I opened, a sweet smiling girl, in her jammies greeted and welcomed me, bringing a basket of orange-ish fruit I didn’t know. She’s two years older than me and she’s from Thailand. I told her to come inside and we talked like there’s no tomorrow.

It was the night I made my first friend in a foreign country, while peeling and eating persimmons! So this fruit has a special place in my heart – the sweetness reminds me of the sweet gesture shown to me by a stranger turned good friend. I buy it every time I see it, even if it’s a bit expensive! (The label on the photo says 33.90 dirhams/kilo or US$9.00/kilo)

14 thoughts on “Persimmon in Dubai

    • Sharon fruit! Now that’s something new! They’re expensive here too as they come from far away lands but they’re worth every penny. One of my favorite fruits!

      Like

  1. Aw, what a very sweet post! It’s wonderful when simple things like a piece of fruit can bring back those fond memories πŸ™‚

    I can honestly say I’ve never heard or tried of a persimmon, but I’m such a hardcore fruit lover, I just might try to seek one out!

    Like

  2. back home in Pakistan they’re known as Chinese fruits and not Kaki or persimmons πŸ™‚ I do wonder why Chinese if the origin is Japan?

    Like

  3. i love fruit in general (ok not kiwis cos they make my inner ears itch…) but this is one fruit i have not made friends with.

    on the other hand, my sister in law and parents were so thrilled to find it here at a more reasonable price than london. they also declared that the quality was better too.

    yes – we are lucky in dubai.

    Like

    • You’re allergic to kiwis?? Have you tried the golden kiwi? They’re yellow and much more sweeter than the green ones and hopefully they won’t make your ears itch!

      Like

  4. I haven’t bought them here as still haven’t seen them in supermarkets, dont know why but dont buy much fruit here, i know i should cuz i love fruits πŸ™‚

    Like

  5. What a great story! Thanks for sharing.
    I have never tried persimmon but I have seen them in stores before, (The more expensive grocery stores!) with other exotics like starfruit, dragonfruit, etc…

    Like

Leave a Reply to theresa Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s