[nafex] Umeboshi, Japanese apricot, Chinese plum: Prized fruit by any name (LA Times)

derry walsh derrywalsh1 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 18:12:26 EST 2013


I just know they are really hard and green when picked.

For Beni shi don, the fruit is slightly furry about 1.25" to 1.5" and 
oval and if you let them ripen they are soft and bland (IMO).

There is some arboretum in the south-eastern US where there is a 
'collection', maybe South Carolina?

Years ago I checkout their web site.


On 1/9/2013 2:58 PM, Mike Levine wrote:
> Can anyone give advice on when exactly to pick the green umeboshis?  I get
> a crop now and then, but they all drop before I have the chance to doing
> anything with them.  It's good to know that they are pickled when green,
> but at what size or how many days after petal fall?  Is there some formula
> to know when to pick them?  Do they ever ripen to a sweet fruit or can they
> only be used for processing as the article implies?
> Thanks,
> Mike Levine
> Ann Arbor, MI zone 5b (USDA says zone 6 now, but I'm skeptical)

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