Hello - I am new to the vegan diet and so far I am LOVING it! I had a question regarding the umeboshi plums. I purchased my first pack today and tried one. Couldn't believe how much I like them! However, they seem like an item that should be refrigerated after opening. The package does not say to do this so I just wanted to be sure. Does anyone refrigerate them after opening them? Thanks! Sharon
Thanks so much Run4Fun - it's odd, I couldn't find anything saying to regrigerate but they just seem like a product that should be refrigerated!! Margo - I got mine at a Natural Health Food Store (Bunn's) but I'm sure that Whole Foods would carry them. Bunn's is a local spot whereas Whole Foods are all over the place. Trader Joe's might have them as well but I'd call & check first.
The plums I bought state on the package they should be refrigerated, so your instincts were right.
I have seen them in several places here (Phoenix, AZ). Whole Foods, Sunflower Market (natural food store), and Lee Lee Market (Asian market). The cheapest - by far - were at the Asian market. I got a small tub of them for less than $3. The same amount of product at Sunflower was $14....I almost fell over when I compared the pricing.
Just be sure that the only ingredients are plums, salt, beefsteak leaves, and water. The beefsteak leaves are how the plums are naturally colored pink/red. Some brands use food coloring or other artificial means and you want to avoid those products.
The brand name of the plums I bought at the Asian market is Miyako brand - they originated from the Mutual Trading Co. in Los Angeles. Very yummy and economical!
As a side note, I was also able to locate Lotus Root at the Asian market to make the "Maple-Roasted Lotus Root, Sunchokes, and Leeks" recipe on page 269 of Alicia's book. Phenomenal - my (non-vegan) husband is still requesting a repeat of this one...it was super delish!
I just read this post and I am so jealous you found Lotus Root. I was out today trying to track that down and I can't seem to find them anywhere. I was trying to get Lotus Root for the tea recipe in Alicia's book. I'm going to try again tomorrow to find it. I have Eden umeboshi plums. There are excellent in quality but very pricey! However, they are worth it!
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