I first heard about these strange fruits when I read Alicia Silverstone's book, The Kind Diet. The book promotes a vegan lifestyle and breaks down ways of being vegan into three categories. The 'Flirt' is someone just starting to dip a toe in and try eating vegan. The 'Vegan' is already eschewing any animal products, and the 'Superhero' follows a vegan and macrobiotic diet. This 'Superhero phase is where umeboshi plums come in. They are considered a medicinal food, an alkalizer, a digestive aid, and an appetite stimulant. It can be used as hangover relief or simply for when you're not feeling so well.
How do you use Umeboshi plums?
- Add to sauces, salad dressings and dips any time you're looking to add a tangy, salty flavor
- Delicious in nori rolls
- Eat with a bowl of rice
- Try as a butter replacement on corn on the cob
- Make hangover tea with umeboshi plums, shoyu, and kukicha tea
- Eat inside a rice ball
Umeboshi can be an acquired taste - you may want to get used to the flavor slowly by using Umeboshi vinegar or Umeboshi paste, but the most medicinal way to eat it is the whole fruit.
Have you tried umeboshi in any form? What did you think of it?