astringent - noun
A substance that contracts canals or tissues in the body; in cosmetics, a substance that cleans the skin and constricts the pores.
Harsh in disposition or character; in medicine, constricting or contracting.
About the size and shape of an average tomato, the seedless Fuyu has red-orange skin and when sliced displays a beautiful star pattern. The flavor is sweet, rich and not the least bit astringent.
—”From the Tropics to the Grocery Store” Washington Post, December 19, 2007