Neriri Ume-Neri : Nobel’s Long-Selling Umeboshi Plum Candy
“Ume (梅)” is a tree with white or pink blossoms that represents Japan’s winter season, which bears fruit like apricots.
The fruit is usually referred to as Ume plums in English, and the plums are characterized by their strong sourness and don’t become sweet even if they have ripened.
The Ume plums are often used in Japanese cuisine and “Umeboshi (梅干し)” is a quintessential Japanese food made with the plums.
Umeboshi is made pickling Ume plums in salt and drying them in the sun. The dried salted plums are usually so salty and sour that we often eat them with steamed plain rice.
In Japan, there are a wide range of candies made with Umeboshi plums, from gummies, like this, to hard candies like these. Some are quite unique in texture and shape, and this also applies to what I purchased this time.
Nobel Neriri Ume-Neri
What I bought today is this “Neriri Ume-Neri (ねりり 梅ねり)” produced and sold by a major Japanese confectionery company “Nobel (ノーベル)”.
The Ume Neri candy is made mashing Umeboshi plums into paste and then solidifying the Umeboshi paste.
These candies are quite hard in texture, but have some stickiness like gummy candies.
The more you chew the Ume Neri candy, the more the umami and flavor comes out. But you can also enjoy sucking on it.
The Ume-Neri Umeboshi candy has a right degree of acidity and is characterized by its rich umami taste of Umeboshi plums. The candy isn’t sweet at all.
According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, this Umeboshi plum candy mainly consists of dextrin, salt, Ume plum flesh, branching oligosaccharide, Ume vinegar, salt, Shiso (perilla) powder, processed starch, sorbitol, and acidifiers.
Where to Buy the Nobel Neriri Ume-Neri Candy
The Nobel Neriri Ume-Neri candy is available in convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan.