U is for Umeboshi – October 20, 2009

“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.”

Tobias Wolff

About Tobias Wolff

U is for Uemboshi
2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor & Ink

In my alphabet exchange, I had to find a food that started with U.

Umeboshi (Japanese; literally “dried ume“) are pickled ume fruits common in Japan. Ume is a species of fruit-bearing tree in the genus Prunus, which is often called a plum but is actually more closely related to the apricot. Umeboshi, which are a popular kind of tsukemono (pickles) and are extremely sour and salty, are usually served as side dishes for rice or stuffed inside of rice balls (sometimes without removing their seeds inside) for breakfast and lunch, and are occasionally served boiled or seasoned for dinner.

American author Tobias Wolff is best known for the memoir A Boy’s Life, about Wolff’s childhood with an itinerant mother and abusive stepfather. He was born in 1945 in Alabama and spent most of his childhood in the Pacific Northwest. His book In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of the Lost War recounts his experiences as a young soldier in Vietnam. He is an acclaimed writing professor at Stanford University. He has three children.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Oct 20, 2009 @ 19:57:58

    Thanks Beth. I’ve never heard of umeboshi nor have I eaten one. Sour and salty? Thanks for the warning! LOL


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