Friday, December 3, 2010
The orange ones will be ripe. So buy them rock hard and unblemished and unpawed, bring them home and wait a week or perhaps two. With these, you have to plan ahead. Then you will have soft, perfumed instant, unbruised dessert. And if you freeze the perfectly ripe fruit and then cut it in half? Instant persimmon sorbet.
The schizophrenic Atlantic Fruit and Veg Japanese Grocery (what it says on the awning), what I call Mr Lee's, but called The New Green Pea in their Zagat listings, is selling large persimmons for 79c each. They are organic, which I am sure was accidental. No great distinction is made between 'reglar' and organic here and years and years ago I begged for organic milk, to be met with an inscrutable smile. It did arrive, eventually, but that's about it for obvious organic, here, apart from the labeled accidental persimmons.Still, I visit every day because everything is fresh from the big market.
If you would like to see actual persimmons on an actual tree in New York, visit the Liz Christy Community Garden on Houston* Street between the Bowery and 1st Avenue
[Tip for visitors, if you want to blend in: it ain't Hyooston Street, like the city. It's Howston.]
I have half a terrace to tidy and many pictures to sort, and Vincent has gone to be cracked by Dean Calakos, the wonderful $35 chiropractor who fixes my neck when it does its thing. I only had $30 on me last time so the Frenchie took my owed $5 with him, too. It's a quick, no nonsense business, and I have never been injured by him (terrified of chiropractors I am - is it time to tell the osteopath story and ask questions? Like, what adjustment e.x.a.c.t.l.y. is made by putting your manhand between your female patient*'s legs and pressing up on the pelvic bone, while she faces a wall? After that I had to sit on his hands. I am a bloody fool. I have been wondering for about 6 years and have felt too stupid to ask. I think he wanted to squeeze my persimmon...
* He was a garden design client, an osteopath, and I mentioned that I had fallen down a staircase in a French chateau, all the way down - and then at the bottom a saddle fell on my head, a sign, surely, of things to come in that relationship - and had hurt my back - he said, Let me help! Anyone?).