Kari Kari Ume : Pickled ume plums that are different from Umeboshi
Ume plums are often used as a main ingredient for dishes, pickles, and candies in Japan. Especially, when overseas people think of the Japanese pickles made with ume plums, many will bring Umeboshi plums (Amazon.com) to mind.
In fact, Umeboshi is the quintessential Japanese pickled ume plum, and not only do many Japanese like to eat it along with plain white rice, but Umeboshi is also probably the most famous Japanese ume pickle in the world.
In addition to Umeboshi, actually there is one more famous pickled ume plum in Japan, which is completely different from Umeboshi. That is “Kari Kari Ume (カリカリ梅)”.
The Difference between Kari Kari Ume (Karikari Ume) and Umeboshi plums
This Kari Kari Ume (Karikari Ume) is being sold in the snack and candy section of 7-eleven convenience stores in Japan, so I purchased it this time for this blog article.
As you can see from the photo, the pickled ume plums, Kari Kari Ume are made of unripe green ume plums, while Umeboshi are made of ripe reddish ume plums.
By the way, the Karikari Ume that I bought is uncolored, but some products have red KariKari Ume plums like Umeboshi. This is because those are colored with red shiso leaves or coloring agents.
The KariKari Ume plum is characterized by its crisp texture, which is made with calcium. By using unripe green ume plums and calcium, Kari Kari Ume plums are prevented from becoming soft like Umeboshi. Actually, “Kari-Kari (カリカリ)” is the Japanese word that describes a crisp sound.
Compared to Umeboshi plums, these KariKari Ume plums are not so salty sour but easy to eat and have a pleasant nice crisp texture. Besides, unlike Umeboshi, Karikari Ume is not dried in the sun in the producing process, so it is wet.
The ingredient of Kari Kari Ume plums
According to the description on the back of the bag, the ingredient of this Kari Kari Ume mainly includes ume plums, salt, ume vinegar, brewed vinegar, starch syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, acidifier, and calcium lactate.
(Reference page : Wikipedia カリカリ梅 )