Ribon Nama Ume Ame Hard Candy with Fresh Plum Paste
“Ume (梅)” is a plum fruit commonly used in Japanese cuisine, and one of the representative Japanese foods made of Ume plums is “Umeboshi (梅干し)“, pickled Ume plums.
Ume plums are often used in Japanese snacks as well, and in addition to the Ume-flavored potato chips that I introduced a few days ago, in Japan, there is a wide range of snacks and candies with Umeboshi flavor.
Since I am fond of those treats with slightly sour-acidic, salty Ume flavors, today I purchased another popular product of that kind.
Ribon Nama Ume Ame (リボン 生梅飴)
Actually, what I picked up this time is the pictured “Ribon Nama Ume Ame (リボン 生梅飴)”. The Japanese food company “Ribon (リボン)” produces and sells the Ume plum candy.
“Nama Ume Ame (生梅飴)”, literally Fresh or Raw Plum Hard Candy, is a popular Ume candy in Japan filled with fresh Ume plum paste. It has been around since a long time ago and enjoyed as a standard Ume candy today, like Lotte Koume Candy.
The Japanese plum candy Nama Ume Ame is translucent and cloudy, and you can hardly see the paste inside from the outside.
But the hard candy is cut into half, you can find the fresh Ume plum paste encased in the Ume candy. The crimson paste contains 50% plum flesh of “Nanko Ume (南高梅)”, which is a top-grade Ume plum variety.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, in addition to Nanko Ume, the Japanese candy Ribon Nama Ume Ame is made with sugar, starch syrup, Ume plum paste (Ume plum flesh, starch syrup, sugar, dextrin, trehalose, Ume plum extract, starch, salt), acidifier, flavoring, polysaccharide thickener (pectin), and color (shiso).
As for the taste, the outer hard candy is sweet with a subtle Ume flavor to it, while the Ume paste center is fresh, somewhat sour, but has a moderate sweetness.
The combination of the 2 different Ume flavors is so good that many people have given high ratings on the Ume candy online and said Ribon Nama Ume Ame is one of the best Ume plum candies.