Neriri Ume-Neri: Nobel’s Popular Plum Candy Pellets
“Ume (梅)” is a tree with white or pink blossoms that represents Japan’s winter season and bears fruit like apricots. Referred to as Ume plums in English, the fruit features strong sourness and doesn’t become sweet even if they have ripened.
The sour plums are often used in Japanese cuisine and “Umeboshi (梅干し)” is a quintessential Japanese food made with the plums. Umeboshi are made by pickling Ume plums in salt and dried in the sun. The resultant plums are usually so salty and sour that we often eat them with plain white rice.
In Japan, there is a wide range of candies made with Umeboshi plums, from gummies like this to hard candies like these, and some are quite unique in texture and shape, and that also applies to what I bought this time.
Nobel Neriri Ume-Neri Umeboshi Candy
What I introduce here is the product shown in the photo above “Neriri Ume-Neri (ねりり 梅ねり)” produced and sold by the Japanese confectionery company “Nobel (ノーベル)”. The Ume Neri candy is made by mashing Umeboshi plums into a paste and then the Umeboshi paste is solidified into pellets.
With a quite hard texture, these plum candies have some stickiness like gummy candies, and the more you chew on the Ume Neri candy, the more the umami and flavor come out. Alternatively, you can also enjoy sucking on it.
Although these plum pellets aren’t sweet at all, they only have moderate acidity and are easy to eat with a rich umami taste characteristic of Umeboshi.
Specifically, according to the ingredient list on the back of the package, the Japanese Umeboshi plum candy, Nobel Neriri Ume-Neri mainly consists of dextrin, salt, Ume plum flesh, branching oligosaccharide, Ume vinegar, salt, Shiso (perilla) powder, processed starch, sorbitol, and acidifiers.