I am so excited from reading the book and in my 3rd week of eating great! I want to make the umeboshi tea? I am calling all around and no one has them! :( I even went to two Asian stores yesterday with no luck. All they seem to have is the umeboshi paste, will that work for the tea? I would rather do it right or not at all.
hi paula - i think most health food stores carry them, but i'm in calufornia, so not sure about other states.. you can get umeboshi online even in amazon :) paste works fine, and if you are going to make cure all tea, i use about 1 tsp of paste since paste has more content than umeboshi itself (line any nuts to nut butter). when you buy from local asian stores, make sure to read labels - pickled asian stuff are loaded with preservatives! if you purchase from eden or ohsawa or other good health brand, usually they have no preservatives of course.
yes, umeboshi are pickled plum. you can check p.71 of the kind diet - very nice overview on umeboshi :) by the way, i love cooking umeboshi with brown rice once in a while - 1 umeboshi to 3 cups of non-cooked rice. it makes rice amazingly fragrant and sweet!
also paula, enjoy weight loss tea and umeboshi tea!
Oh, one more question. So, I went to the store to get the paste, shoyu and daikon and was so anxious to make my tea this morning. I think I used 1/2 ts, I'll use 1 tomorrow. The tea directions in the book, did not say to strain the tea. I used a fine grater and hoped that is right. I then poured the tea through a mesh seive. It would be crazy, difficult to drink the shreds..right?
Good to know, thanks! I will have to wait to take the tea and order them then. I have called all the Whole Foods in my area and they only have paste. You strain the carrot and daikon from the tea, right?