Umeshiba: KariKari Ume Pickled Plum from Muraoka
Muraoka Foods (村岡食品) is a Gunma, Maebashi-based food company known for its pickle snacks.
Umeshiba (梅しば) from Muraoka Foods
Muraoka’s Umeshiba (Amount: 110 grams/ Price: 324 yen) is a KariKari Ume (カリカリ梅) or a pickled plum that is different from Umeboshi.
According to the info on the official site, Shiba (しば) in its name comes from Shibazuke (しば漬け), a variety of Tsukemono, and Umeshiba has its flavor.
The pickled plum features its pleasant Kari Kari (カリカリ: crunchy) texture, but the inside (non-deseeded) is juicy and refreshing with the right salty-sour taste.
I think it is an acquired taste, and if you are not used to eating Umeboshi, this might not be for you.
However, the taste is very Japanese/unique to Japan, going well with green tea, and it’s worth trying many times!
|Ume plum, Pickling liquid (Ume vinegar, Brewed vinegar, High-fructose corn syrup, Salt, Fermented seasoning), Sorbitol, Alcohol, Seasoning (including Amino Acid), Acidifier, Flavoring, Color (Red 102)|
|Salt equivalents||6.6 g|