Eden Plum Concentrate is made in Japan from unripe green ume plums. The plums are harvested, washed, soaked and then pressed. The juice is slowly cooked down over 48 hours to produce a thick, dark syrup concentrate. For every kilogram (2.2 lb.) of fresh plums, only 20 grams of ume concentrate is obtained, resulting in 30 times the concentration of pickled ume plums without the high sodium content of umeboshi plums. The concentrate is sealed in brown glass bottles to preserve and protect freshness. Eden Plum Concentrate contains no artificial colors or preservatives.
The ume plum Prunus mume has been used for over 2,000 years in China as a food and for its health promoting properties. Through the influence of Buddhism the knowledge of ume plum cultivation spread to Japan. There are written accounts dating from 10th century Japan describing the salted and pickled umeboshi plums. The desire to preserve the revered plum and yet to keep its sodium content low, led to the development of ume concentrate called 'bai-niku' or 'bai-niku ekisu.' The development of ume plum concentrate that is convenient to store and lasts for years, expanded the value of the ume plum. By the 1920s ume plum concentrate's beneficial properties were so highly revered that the Japanese military distributed it as an antiseptic to soldiers and sailors to prevent dysentery and motion sickness.
Ume Plum foods are often referred to as the 'king of alkaline food.' Its concentrate is used in traditional health regimens to achieve optimal balance. Plum Concentrate's organic acids and minerals are believed to provide not only nutrients but combine to form a 'super tonic'. Eden Plum Concentrate is rich in citric acid that readily combines with minerals in the foods we eat, creating an easily absorbed mineral salt. Traditionally valued as a digestive aid and for its antibacterial properties.
Eden Ume Plum Concentrate is quick and easy to use. Simply use the small spoon enclosed in the box to measure 1 gram of concentrate. Place the concentrate in hot water or tea, stir and drink while hot, optional a few drops of shoyu soy sauce. It can also be taken right off the spoon.