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Umeboshi
updated: Jun 13, 2014, 10:15 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I am an avid fermentation enthusiast, and love to make pickles at home. I have recently started experimenting with making more unusual pickles from around the world, and I recently learned that June is the month that Ume (Japanese Plums) are in season.

I would love to make umeboshi (a salted, pickled Japanese plum) but I have absolutely no idea where I may be able to purchase these plums locally. Do any subscribers to Edhat know where I can get ume? Does anyone grow them, who may be willing to trade or sell them to me? I haven't found anyone at the farmers market that sells them, and the Goleta Japanese market (Nikka) does not sell fresh Ume.

Thank you for any suggestions or assistance that you may have.

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 COMMENT 527785P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 10:42 AM

Try:
Channel Islands (Ventura/Santa Barbara) Rare Fruit Growers
Larry Saltzman
26 El Prado Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-2089
Email: ventura@crfg.org
He will know if anyone does.

 

 COMMENT 527796P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 11:23 AM

Or

Nikka Japanese Market
5721 Calle Real
Goleta, 93117
805-964-7396

 

 COMMENT 527811 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 12:31 PM

Ume from 'Prunus mume' , also called the Japanese apricot. Good luck with your search.

 

 COMMENT 527819 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 01:03 PM

Call Tri-Counties down on Milpas by the RR tracks.

 

 COMMENT 527831 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 01:48 PM

796P... why respond to a post you didn't even read?

"the Goleta Japanese market (Nikka) does not sell fresh Ume."

 

 COMMENT 527838P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 02:07 PM

If you find a source will you post it here --- and the recipe? I'd love to make some also.

Fwiw, I have not seen any ume in Tri-County Produce, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. Another suggestion would be the Santa Barbara farmers' market and ask various growers.

 

 COMMENT 527842P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 02:16 PM

As a last resort, maybe one of the local Japanese restaurants could steer you in the right direction.

 

 COMMENT 527911P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-13 04:25 PM

Not reading posts is par for the course, as is not reading all the replies. That's life, but indeed, it's frustrating. OP: Yummy!

 

 COMMENT 528098 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 01:05 PM

Try Jeff or Laurence at PenrynOrchardSpecialties, they grow lots of different fruits, they may just have what you need or call MarketForays in SB, start with the online site.

 

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