I just made it for the first time this morning (weekend overindulging, yikes) and I thought I was going to hurl. I couldn't even finish it. It tasted sooooo salty and just...blech. I also tried to suck on the pit of the plum and it was barely tolerable.
I just told myself it was like medicine I had to take - I'm having green tea now and feeling pretty ok, but man...that tea is intense!
I really like it, but I like umebushi plums plain and i get impatient with the tea and just eat the plum at the bottom. But, you can rinse off the plums really well to get rid of the salt that they are stored in. It also seriously does cure all. It really helps me with headaches and feeling acidic and slugish after eating too much or the wrong stuff or a hangover.
I just had my first cure all tea this morning, used regular decaf tea with the plum and no shoyu. It was different tasting (very salty) and definitely something to get used to....but Thanks Claire for the advice about washing the salt off...I am definitely going to do that. I think the medicinal purpose of the plum is totally worth it!
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