The best packing of 2009 is the persimmon. I love it’s cheery, round shape, delicate leaves and luscious color. Slice one open and you’re met with a juicy, sensual center that’s just as vibrantly colored as it’s smooth wrapping. And, might I add a best of 2009 category? I nominate persimmon as the best color of 2009 (can’t help embellishing the existing list…it’s my artistic DNA acting up).
A persimmon is the edible fruit (it’s really a berry) of the genus Diospyros in the ebony wood family (Ebenaceae). Diospyros means fruit of the gods in ancient Greek. The green persimmon is acrid and bitter but the fruit becomes very sweet once it’s been exposed to frost and ripens. Buddhists view the persimmon as a symbol of transformation: man’s ignorance is transformed into wisdom just as the persimmon’s bitterness is transformed into a sweet delicious fruit.
Once again, nature has combined precision with wild imagination and a dash of symbolism…what a package!