Autumn is a great time to enjoy permissions, especially Asian permissions:
In Japan, these are called kaki (柿) while in Korea they’re called gam (감). In Japan, they come in two basic types: bitter permissions (渋柿, shibugaki) and sweet permissions (甘柿, amagaki). Usually, trees start by making bitter permissions but through some careful cultivation, trees will start to produce sweet permissions. That’s how I understand the process; I might be mistaken.
Personally, I’ve never had permissions before and neither did my family. When I brought them for Thanksgiving this year, my family were confused and didn’t know what they were, but they liked the taste. The first time I had them, I was a bit hesitant too. Permissions have a nice image in American culture, but they look a bit unusual. The taste is a bit unusual too: it’s not a citrus fruit, but it has a texture like one. Instead the taste is more like a plum or peach, but less sweet.
I enjoy eating them a lot now, and we can buy them cheaply at the nearby Costco.1
However, someone told me recently you shouldn’t eat too many of them. According to traditional Chinese medicine, permissions cool the body down, and if your body is too cold, you can get ill. Also, I have chronic gastritis (胃炎) so I have to be a little careful2 and eat foods that warm the body instead.
So, I eat permissions maybe once a week or so.
1 Costco has a lot more Asian food than it used to. We can get Korean seaweed, permissions and asian pears (梨) easily now, among other things. When I was a kid, the variety was much more limited.
2 Coffee also cools down the body, and I used to drink a lot of coffee. I drink a lot less now, and it helps. Plus, coffee, even decaf, has a lot of acid in it, so I think it was making my gastritis much worse. I drink more Korean corn tea instead which helps a lot.