“Umeshu is a traditional Japanese liqueur made from ume fruit. A perfect balance between ume extract and alcohol is achieved by aging the whole fruit, with the stone still inside. The delicious tang of Umeshu comes from citric acid in the fruit, and the refreshing flavour stimulates the appetite. Umeshu also contains malic and succinic acids. Refresh yourself by enjoying a glass of Umeshu when feeling tired. The addition of alcohol to the fruit during production means that the ume flavour can be extracted not only from the flesh and skin but also from the stone. It is this process which gives CHOYA Umeshu its unique fruity bouquet, with notes of almond and marzipan.” We now carry the liqueur in the Classic version, Shiso, and Honey flavors. Check out their website for more information on this unique liqueur, as well as a full history on the product: www.choya.com.
Facts about the Ume fruit (found in the bottom of the Choya liqueur):
The fruit contains polyphenol. The amount of polyphenol increases as it matures.
Ume plums have a very short growing season, ripening in late spring and lasting through the beginning of summer.
The color of Ume plums depends on the time of harvest. When harvested young the plums are light green in color. As the plums ripen, their skin will turn to shades of yellow and red. Ume plums are small, about 1.5-2 inches in diameter. Their taste is extremely acidic and therefore they are rarely eaten raw. When consumed raw they are known to cause stomach aches. In Asian culture Ume plums are known for their sour and bitter aroma and are utilized similarly to the way lemons are used in western culture.
Ume plums contain very few vitamins and minerals. However, because of its acidic nature Asian medicine alleges that it helps with relieving hangovers and stomach issues such as diarrhea and morning sickness. – See more facts about the Ume fruit at: www.specialtyproduce.com
Make sure you stop by and check out the new Choya Liqueurs. (All quotes in this blog have been taken directly from the new products bottle description/or website/or review websites, and do not necessarily reflect East Bend Liquors opinion of the products).