MADE IN HAWAII
New Hashimoto Farm products include persimmon jelly, butter, salad dressing and scone mix, and dried persimmons.
Maui persimmons take new forms
Hashimoto Persimmon Farm in Kula, Maui, has added a new line of products, and will offer samples of Persimmon Jam, Persimmon Butter, Persimmon Salad Dressing and Persimmon Scone Mix during a visit to Oahu Saturday.
Tastings will take place from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ward Warehouse Executive Chef, and from 3 to 5 p.m. at Made in Hawaii Foods in Pearl City. Fourth-generation farmers Clark and Jackie Hashimoto will also share their fresh and sun-dried persimmons (kaki).
The visit will give Oahu consumers the opportunity to try the "maru" persimmon -- an astringent variety brought in from Japan in the early 1900s. The curing process that elicits a sweeter taste takes place on the farm before the fruit goes to market.
Stores that carry the new products include Executive Chef, Diamond Head Market & Grill, R. Field Wine Co., Island Keepsakes, Made in Hawaii Foods and the Cottage in Windward Mall and Kailua.
For more information, call Hashimoto Persimmon Farm, (808) 878-1461.
BY THE GLASS
Caffeine and beer
Stimulants and depressants -- why not combine them into one drinking experience?
Kona Brewing Co. presents beer made with Kona coffee, the brewery's first limited-release bottling. Pipeline Porter will be available in stores through February, after which the company will release a spring-summer beer.
Pipeline Porter is a dark beer with a mild coffee flavor, made with Kona beans grown on the Cornwell Estate, a family-owned farm near the Kailua-Kona brewery.
By the way, the Kona Coffee Festival takes place next month. For details, see "Morsels" on Page D4.