Kitchen Tips

Getting to Know Japanese Apricot

Like so many fruits, vegetables and delicacies that travelled from China to Japan, this fruit is originally Chinese (it is also known as Chinese plum). Referred to in Japan as ume, Japanese apricot has played an important role in Japanese culture and Japanese cuisine for centuries. Indeed, it is even more popular than cherry trees in the country.

Getting to know Japanese apricot is easy with our tips.

Ume - Japanese Apricot

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Here are a few claimed health benefits of the ume :

1. It contains antioxidants which protects you from cell damage.

2. It is a good source of fibre which aids digestion.

3. The inhibition of carcinogen formation is also another benefit of this Asian fruit.

4. It improves blood flow in your body.

5. It promotes metabolism, thereby helping you maintain healthy body mass.

Umeboshi - Japanese Apricot

Image Courtesy: Janne Moren used under the Creative Commons Licence

Ume are used mainly in pickles in Japanese cuisine. Umeboshi (pickled ume fruits) are very popular in the country, and are plated up quite frequently with rice in winter. But they are heavy in salt and oil, and hence, used sparingly for health concerns. However, eating the pickled fruit for breakfast is believed to stave off misfortune.

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