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Co., Ltd. Tamazawa-sohonten
3-2-16, Teppo-machi, Yamagata City, Yamagata, Japan

Category: Confectionery (Noshi-Ume)
Raw Materials: sugar, plum, syrup and agar


When I think of souvenirs from Yamagata, all I can think of are fruits, but sometimes ~In fact, Noshi-Ume is one of the most common souvenirs we receive from Yamagata, Japan. It's very rare. However, it's not that impressive, so I'll have to try it once more.

Noshi-Ume is a rare sweet made from fully ripe plums grown in Yamagata. But it was once used as a medicine. As for its ingredients, plum acid is used to extract red dye from safflower, which is a specialty of Yamagata, and it was used as a medicine in the past. Since there were many plum trees in the area, plum cultivation was also popular.

When I looked at it, I found that it was made of thin sheets of material sandwiched between two sides of bamboo shoot skin. When I turned the skin over, I found a translucent, agar-agar-like confectionery placed in a haphazard manner. It was the first time I had ever eaten a Noshi-Ume. When I took a bite of the "Noshi-Ume", as the name suggests, the aroma of plum blossoms spread in my mouth. It was. The unexpected sourness is very strong. However, I think it's more like a dessert. I think it's more delicious when eaten cold. By the way, I hear it is sometimes served as an appetizer for Japanese dishes.

I found out later that the oldest shop in Japan is "No-Shi-Ume Honpo Sato-ya" established in 1821. Hmmm, it's amazing to see so many different manufacturers making this stuff!
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