Umeboshi; Japanese Pickled Plums

This is one of a long list of things I’ve been waiting to try as a vegan delicacy.  I figured it might be a good start for my re-entry to the land of blogging – a little weird and a little wonderful. They’re reputed to be good for digestion and hangovers. Who knows if I’ll ever get to try the latter out, but until then I’ll give it a shot for my digestion.

This was the first box I’ve seen of this particular product. I was pretty excited to finally see it, scooped it up and brought it home. Of course I paid for it, but that’s another story.

I opened the box and put a whole plum in my mouth and discovered that it really is a pickled plum – salty and sour like a pickle, but with a surprising floral aftertaste. My next stop with these will be to use them for hot pot which is a regular fun thing in our house. I think they’ll make a great addition to our regular szechuan style seasoning. Have you ever tried pickled ume plums?

This is Christie, signing off!



  1. Your description of the taste makes them very enticing, however, the artistic arrangement of the photograph makes the plums even more appealing.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. I hate them! They are like putting pure salt in your mouth and then adding a dash of vinegar. I know that vegans rave about them and they are in The Kind Diet as a remedy for hangovers or something but it was one of the first things I tried when I went vegan and I just can’t do it ever again. Plus they cost like $20 for a small box of them. Good for you for being able to see beyond the saltiness and see floral hints. I just can’t 🙁

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