Autumn - bring it on! I love the colors, the smells, the flavors, and my birthday's in October so you know it's all good.
It's also the season for kaki (persimmon), one of my favorite fruits. I didn't know this until I moved to Japan (back in 2001) because I'd never actually seen one before (and therefore had obviously never tasted one, either). When we used to live in Aichi prefecture, it seemed like everyone there either had a kaki tree in their yard or was related to someone who had one, so we almost never had to buy them then. Here in Hyogo it's so urbanized that hardly anybody has their own garden, so to the co-op I must go.
I found these at our local co-op today, hangin' around, lookin' shifty, so I decided to buy 'em and bring 'em on home.
I'll be doing lots of munching on these orange beauties, and I just might have to buy some more to make kaki cake! So stayed tuned to mamatouille for the latest kaki-madness report, coming to you (semi-) live from Nishinomiya!