“Aoume (unripe plum)” is often eaten as a dessert in Japan

“Aoume” literally means “a green plum” in Japanese. It is very popular as the trees are commonly planted in gardens. Aoume is harvested in early summer. It is washed and preserved in white liquor with sugar. It will be ready to eat after a few weeks.

The preserved aoume is put on kakigori (shaved ice) and served as shown in the photo above. The fresh sour taste of the softened aoume let one forget about the heat of humid, hot summers in Japan.

Wararoku ryokan, Ozu, Ehime, Japan