5 Recommended Ways to Eat Umeboshi Plums


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4 Responses

  1. RJ says:

    This is interesting to me!
    Unfortunately, I am a foreigner who has lived in Japan a long time. I want to eat umeboshi, but I try and I try but I can’t. Instead, I make a “sour” face

    Like this: (>o<).

    So, I am embarrassed to eat umeboshi with others. However, I want to be able to eat umeboshi with ease, because my friend just bought omiyage "hachimitsu umeboshi"!

    I know my friend will ask, "How was it?" If there is a way to eat umeboshi easily, please let me know!

    • Tomo says:

      Thanks for the comment!
      I prefer the sweet-sour honey-marinated umeboshi over traditional, quite salty-sour ones, but if you can’t eat it either,
      I’m afraid there are few alternatives… I hope someone can tell a good way…☺️

  2. alan burniston says:

    I have made umaboshi from gooseberries in salt and shiso leaves how can I use them in cooking

    • Tomo says:

      Thank you for commenting.
      Umeboshi is often pureed and used in sauces, dressings, and even jams.
      Representative examples of umeboshi dishes include “Ume Takikomi Gohan (梅炊き込みご飯: rice cooked with umeboshi plums)”.
      As seen in this recipe video on Youtube,
      1. First, washed rice is soaked in cold water for 30-60 minutes.
      2. Then, put in the rice cooker the rice, a few pieces of umeboshi plums, and water or dashi and cook it. (The dashi stock is sometimes seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, and salt).
      3. Once cooked, deseed the plums and mix the rice well.
      It is also good to cook rice or pasta with umeboshi and shio kombu.

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