Umeboshi Sheet: A New Type of Ume Plum Candy
When it comes to Japanese food that pairs well with plain white rice, the staple of the Japanese, many of us like eating a hot bowl of rice with Umeboshi plums.
As you may already know, the salted Ume plum, Umeboshi is a traditional Japanese pickle with more than a thousand years of history and today is widely enjoyed in Japan.
Traditionally, Umeboshi plums are extremely sour and salty, but in recent years, there are various types of Umeboshi products available at groceries and supermarkets in Japan, many of which are moderately acidic and easy to eat.
Besides, nowadays various unique Umeboshi candies also have come out one after another. As an example, Nobel Otoko Ume Gummy, which I introduced the other day, is a relatively new yet popular gummy candy with a distinctive Umeboshi flavor.
Additionally, if I give another example of such relatively new unique Umeboshi candies, iFactory’s “Umeboshi no Sheet (梅ぼしのシート)” is what shouldn’t be forgotten.
iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet
The product, Umeboshi no Sheet was introduced into Japan’s market by iFactory about 10 years ago. It is a new type of Umeboshi candy that hadn’t been around until it went on the market. Actually, the Japanese treat consists of a sheet of Ume plum paste as shown below.
These Umeboshi candy sheets have a somewhat hard, chewy texture like a sheet of chewing gum. Despite having a dark red color reminiscent of extremely sour Umeboshi plums, this bite-size treat features a moderate sweetness and pleasantly refreshing acidity and is quite easy to eat.
Since the taste balance between sourness and sweetness of this candy is pretty good, if the sour, acidic taste characteristic of Umeboshi plums suits your taste, I think you can like it.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Japanese Ume plum candy, Umeboshi no Sheet mainly consists of Ume plum flesh, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, salt, starch, sweeteners (aspartame, l-phenylalanine, stevia), acidifier, amino acids, sorbitol, and colors (anthocyanin, carotenoid).