The Christmas bulb tree

We have a few trees in the Greater Daglan Area that look for all the world as if they’ve been decorated for Christmas — hung with bright orange bulbs. It’s taken us a while to figure out what the tree is, but now we know:

It’s the kaki.

At least, kaki is the French word for the persimmon. (Interestingly, the French use the same word, kaki, for the colour khaki.) Long after the tree’s leaves have dropped to the ground, the persimmon fruit hangs on to the tree.

And as Christmas approaches, persimmons will start showing up in stores, to be made into tasty treats. In case you’re wondering what to do with persimmons, a Google search for “persimmon recipes” quickly coughed up more than 1.8 million results — including Persimmon Fool, Persimmon Cranberry Sauce, and Steamed Persimmon Pudding with Cinnamon Crème Anglaise. They all sound perfect for the holidays.

But today, forget about the recipes. I just want to show you how the tree looks at this time of year. Here’s one, located in the front yard of a home on the main road between Daglan and the village to our north, Saint-Cybranet:

St-Cybranet tree

A small kaki tree in Saint-Cybranet, north of Daglan.

And here’s an even more dramatic example, located in the back garden of a large home in Daglan and clearly visible from the parking lot of our communal Salle des fêtes:

Daglan tree

What a beauty! A kaki tree in Daglan.

Personally, I think the Daglan tree is much more attractive. Take that — Saint-Cybranet!

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One Response to The Christmas bulb tree

  1. Jennifer Charabin says:

    Happy New Year! Just been catching up on your blog and couldn’t help but notice the kaki tree — did you know that kaki is (also) Japanese for persimmon? Experienced a little bit of nostalgia reading this particular post and quite enjoyed your Christmas culinary antics. So thank you.
    All the best in ’12!
    Jennifer

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