Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Blooming Ume

Do you know ume blossoms?
Ume (pronounced like woo-May ) is Japanese plum, and is one of the most popular plants among Japanese.
They have enjoyed viewing the blossoms for more than a thousand years, and have pickled the fruits to make umeboshi, literally means "dried ume", which is red and extremely sour, and my favorite :)

In Japan you can enjoy ume blossoms from late February through early March. Here are pictures of them near my house;

Unlike sakura(cherry blossoms), ume smells so sweet. I wish I could upload the smell too!


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