Dinner? Dessert? Maybe. Japanese? Definitely. Sour Plum and Shiso Candy

These look interesting

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Edgewater, NJ, Mitsuwa Marketplace - Umeboshi Shiso Candy
Direct from Japan – the perpetual world capital of weird –  comes 男梅, Plum Man.

Who is that?

The real question is, what is that?  Before even touching upon what the candy above tastes like and why there are so many different topics written all over the packaging – the one in the upper right hints at receiving a Japanese kitchenware gift – Plum Man is the mascot introduced by the Nobel company located close to the lower-left part of the bag.  What does it do?  It’s a Junichiro-of-all-trades, I guess.

As for the taste, umeboshi – yes, that same umeboshi in the BuildingMyBento header – with a hint of shiso.  That is to say, pickled plum and… shiso?  Shiso, also known as perilla, is an herb that not only has antiseptic properties, but is also used to add a light red hue to umeboshi.  Imagine a…

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