September 14, 2008

: ::Umeboshi: ::

The ume plum
Prunus mume has been used for over 2,000 years in China as a food and for its health promoting properties. Through the influence of Buddhism the knowledge of ume plum cultivation spread to Japan. There are written accounts dating from 10th century Japan describing the salted and pickled umeboshi plums. The desire to preserve the revered plum and yet to keep its sodium content low, led to the development of ume concentrate called 'bai-niku' or 'bai-niku ekisu.' The development of ume plum concentrate that is convenient to store and lasts for years, expanded the value of the ume plum. By the 1920s ume plum concentrate's beneficial properties were so highly revered that the Japanese military distributed it as an antiseptic to soldiers and sailors to prevent dysentery and motion sickness.
Ume Plum foods are often referred to as the 'king of alkaline food.' Its concentrate is used in traditional health regimens to achieve optimal balance. Plum Concentrate's organic acids and minerals are believed to provide not only nutrients but combine to form a 'super tonic'. Plum Concentrate is rich in citric acid that readily combines with minerals in the foods we eat, creating an easily absorbed mineral salt. Traditionally valued as a digestive aid and for its antibacterial properties.
Simply use a small spoon to measure 1 gram of concentrate. Place the concentrate in hot water or tea, stir and drink while hot. It can also be taken right off the spoon.