Kesemek (Oriental Persimmon) – Photo Friday

Oriental Persimmon

Recently, I have been feeling not well. So I want to cheer me up with something bright and I have decided every Friday I only post photos or photo (no recipe!)

Have you ever tried this Oriental Persimmon (Diospyros kaki Thunb)? They look a bit different with regular persimmons. Well, I got to taste them again when I was back to Indonesia.  Sweet and taste better than apples for my tastebuds. In Indonesia, oriental persimmon can be found into a different name such as Kesemek, Tledung, Semek, Buah Samak, and Tasmak. Oriental Persimmons are not native to Indonesia but it was introduced to Indonesia during Dutch colonialism.

Berastagi, a highland  town and subdistrict of Karo RegencyNorth Sumatra is popular for its colourful fruit and vegetable market including these Oriental Persimmons (Kesemek) and Passion Fruits (Markisa).  Many tourists often make it stop at at this town before they go to or after they come back from Lake Toba on the way to Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra.

Many exotic fruits became rare fruits in Indonesia. What a disappointment! Many exotic fruits became harder to get and imported fruits are easy to find including this oriental persimmon (kesemek).

Another disappointment that I felt. The personal who worked for the store where I bought these Oriental Persimmons (Kesemek) didn’t know what these fruits were.  She was asking me what those were and how the taste was.

Anyway, this kesemek (oriental persimmon) is good to be eaten by itself or a mix for es campur (Indonesian iced mix) or pudding.

Enjoy your weekend everyone and I’ll be back next week with some new recipes.



About the Author

An Indonesian born who lives in Winnipeg, Canada for more than a decade and decided to move a bit west. Edmonton is now where she is based on. Indonesia Eats is a memoir of her homeland.