Umeboshi Sheet : A New Type of Soft Ume Plum Candy
When it comes to Japanese foods that pair well with steamed plain rice, the staple of the Japanese, many of us like eating Umeboshi plums along with the white rice.
As you may already know, the salted Ume plum, Umeboshi is a traditional Japanese pickle with more than a thousand years of history, which is widely enjoyed in Japan.
Traditionally, Umeboshi are extremely sour and salty, but in recent years, there are various types of Umeboshi products available at grocery stores in Japan that are mild and easy to eat.
Besides, various unique Umeboshi candies have come out one after another. For example, Nobel Otoko Ume Gummy, about which I wrote the other day, is a relatively new gummy candy with a distinctive Umeboshi flavor, which is popular in Japan.
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 (Amazon.com) 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 candy consists of a soft sheet of Ume plum paste as shown below.
These sheets of Umeboshi candies 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 candy features a moderate sweetness and refreshing acidity. Therefore, even if you don’t like traditional Umeboshi plums, you will like it.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Umeboshi no Sheet candy consists primarily of Ume plum flesh, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, salt, starch, sweeteners (aspartame, l-phenylalanine, stevia), acidifier. amino acid, sorbitol, and colors (anthocyanin, carotenoid).
As I wrote above, iFactory Umeboshi no Sheet has a distinctive texture like a chewing gum rather than a gummy candy. The Umeboshi candy itself tastes great, not so sour, where the taste balance between sourness and sweetness is pretty good. Hence, if the sourness characteristic of Umeboshi suits your taste, I think you will like the candy sheet.