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 be reminded of Umeboshi plums (Amazon.com).

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, actually there is another pickled ume plum in Japan that 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

Kari Kari Ume (Karikari Ume) is being sold in the snack and candy section of 7-eleven convenience stores in Japan, so I purchased one to introduce this time.

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 I picked up is uncolored, but some products contain red KariKari Ume plums like Umeboshi because those are colored with red shiso leaves or coloring agents.

The most distinctive feature of KariKari Ume plums is 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)” included in the name of the ume pickles is the Japanese word that describes a crisp sound.

Compared to Umeboshi plums, these KariKari Ume plums are not so sour and salty, but easy to eat and have a pleasantly nice crisp texture. Besides, unlike Umeboshi, Karikari Ume is not dried in the sun in the producing process, so wet.

The ingredient of Kari Kari Ume plums 

According to the description on the back of the bag, the ingredient of the Kari Kari Ume I have now mainly includes ume plums, salt, ume vinegar, brewed vinegar, starch syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, acidifier, and calcium lactate.

(Reference page of this article : Wikipedia カリカリ梅 )


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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