Tanenashi Hoshiume: Dried Seedless Umeboshi Plum Candy
At meals, I sometimes eat a bowl of rice with “Umeboshi (梅干し)”, which, as you may know, is a traditional Japanese ume plum pickle with a quite salty, sour-acidic taste.
But when you savor the pickled plum and white rice together, the plain taste of rice can make the saltiness and sourness of Umeboshi thinner and weaker, which is why we Japanese love the combination.
Not only with rice, but Umeboshi is actually often used as the main ingredient in Japanese candies, and in fact, in the past, I introduced a variety of unique Umeboshi treats, including Nobel Otoko Ume Gummy and Umeboshi no Sheet.
They are actually relatively new, modern products, while when it comes to the classics, “Hoshiume (干し梅)” is the quintessential Umeboshi sweet that is most familiar to us Japanese.
What is Hoshiume?
Hoshiume is originally an old-fashioned Japanese sweet made by pickling Umeboshi plums in a liquid seasoning sweetened with sugar and dried in the sun. In many cases, to make the plum easier to eat, the seed of Hoshiume is removed during the production process.
Because of that, despite containing lots of citric acids, Hoshiume has a sweet taste, calming the original sour, acidic taste of Umeboshi, and thus, we Japanese usually enjoy the sweetened, dried Umeboshi plum as a treat.
Tanenashi Hoshiume from Kanro
Actually, in recent years, Hoshiume has been getting much easier to eat since the debut of Kanro “Marugoto Oishii Hoshiume (まるごとおいしい干し梅)”, which consists of Tanenashi Hoshiume or seedless Hoshiume.
In the plastic zipper bag of the Marugoto Oishii Hoshiume, 7 (or so) pieces of seedless Hoshiume are packed. The sweetened, dried plum is tender compared to traditional Hoshiume and is characterized by a good balance between sweetness and sourness, which makes the old-fashioned sweet a delight.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts of the Tanenashi Hoshiume. Based on the list on the back of the bag, with 34 kcal and 3.0 grams salt equivalents per bag (19 grams), the Kanro Marugoto Oishii Hoshiume is made with ume plums, salt, sugars (high fructose corn syrup, dextrose), sorbitol, sweeteners (aspartame, l-phenylalanine), seasoning (including amino acids), and acidifier.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 干し梅 )