All about ume: a Japanese fruit with many uses

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Ume is a Japanese fruit with a pronounced sour taste. It reminds a bit of apricots or plums. Not only are the fruits important to Japanese culture (their blooming marks the beginning of spring), they are also widely used in Japanese cuisine. There are even ume flavored KitKats!

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From umeboshi to umeshu

A well-known use of ume is umeboshi. For this, the fruits are placed in the brine. After brining for a while, this results in super-powerful flavor bombs that have something sweet, sour and salty. In Japan it is often used as a seasoning for rice or in dressings. Here you can score umeboshi at the Asian supermarket or at organic stores such as Ekoplaza .

Another well-known application of ume is umeshu: an alcoholic drink based on the fruit. In Japan, umeshu is on the menu in most restaurants, whether or not in cocktail form. Like sake, you can drink umeshu both cold and hot. Also nice: the Belgian brewer OWA has an Ume Lambic in its range: a fruity beer with ume from the Wakayama region.

Cooking with ume

Do you want to get to know the special taste of the fruit? Unfortunately ume are quite difficult to get fresh, but with umeboshi you can easily get started. For example, chop the fruits very finely and stir them into your rice together with furikake and sesame seeds: super delicious with fish or in an Asian rice bowl. Or use them as a filling in onigiri (easy sushi balls) .

You can also order ume su online : a juice from fermented ume fruits. You can easily use these with marinades or stir-fried vegetables.

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