Washoku Wednesday: Ume (Plum)

Late May to early June, Japanese grocery stores set up displays in the front of their stores with these little green fruits, rock sugar, shochu alcohol and large glass jars. It may seems like an odd mixture of supplies but these are the essential ingredients for making umeshu, a plum liquor, and other plum items.... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Spots for Plum Blossoms

It's spring! It's spring! Alright, I'm exaggerating a tad. Even here in the southern reaches of mainland Japan, the cold weather is still lingering. But the other day, as I was running errands, I caught the first few cream and red buds on our city's plum trees. Call me sacreligious but I actually prefer plum... Continue Reading →

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