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12/15/2016

Striking images of “lucky” seasonal fruit drying in the sun.

Striking images of “lucky” seasonal fruit drying in the sun
Striking images of “lucky” seasonal fruit drying in the sun
Persimmons may not be a prevalent fruit in the West, but they are so popular in China that they are said to be an auspicious food. Persimmon farmers are busy ahead of Chinese New Year, when families wine, dine and toast their success in the next 12 months.
This is the best time to begin the long process of drying persimmons in sunny but cold weather.
These aerial photos show semi-industrialized drying of bright orange persimmons in southeast China’s Fujian Province.
Striking images of “lucky” seasonal fruit drying in the sun.

Drying usually takes 40 to 50 days. At times of rain or higher temperatures, the fruits have to be moved indoors under air-conditioning.
While persimmon farming used to require a large amount of labor, mechanization has made things easier.
Striking images of “lucky” seasonal fruit drying in the sun.

“Now we have lifting and peeling machines, which save a lot of time and also increase output while keeping the same quality,” said a villager named Ling Weibin.
These villages with a long tradition of farming and selling persimmons have help from robots, and the next stage is online sales, with a younger generation emerging and beginning to set up e-commerce systems to sell the fruits far and wide.
Ready to try the taste of honeyed orange sunshine?

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