Review #102: Ume Pretz 「紀州うめプレッツェル」


I recently found this song, it was the background music for this person I subscribe to on youtube. I spent like half an hour trying to figure out what the song was, because she didn’t credit it, and the newest comments didn’t say. I finally found it (though I have no idea how any more). And it’s BEAUTIFUL.

It makes me want to watch Boys Over Flower – Korean version. I tried the Taiwanese and Japanese version, but I couldn’t really get into either of them. I think it was mainly because I didn’t find the guys in the F4 cute enough. LOL. But looking at the clips from that video, I think they’re pretty cute. (and I spy Jung Yong Hwa, though he doesn’t seem like he’s one of the F4)

I love the fact that they filmed in Macau. I’ve been there once! Though I was underage, I still found it beautiful. (Okay, that’s not entirely true. I was upset most of the trip because I thought it was useless for me to be there when I couldn’t even do anything…because my family was going in the casinos and I had to wait outside with my sister – who I was angry at the moment, though I don’t remember why). STILL, it was beautiful, I have to admit. I love the way they made the sky dark, and so when I (finally) stepped outside, I was surprised at how high the sun was in the sky. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ride in the gondola, but I did get to eat some gelato.

Anyways, back on topic. On a quest to venture out of the strawberry and chocolate fields (funny, seeing as I just finished the Chocolate Wonderland), I bought this. Well, I saw it several times prior, but I finally bought it during the last haul. Umeboshi is dried plums. I’ve heard it’s pretty sour. This kid seems to think so too, but he likes it enough to get seconds – and thirds. I’m not really sure what kishu ume is though. I mean, I know ume is plum. But, kishuu? I suppose it’s Japanese plum, but I don’t really know.

For myself, I haven’t ever tried it before. And I’d be quite scared. I’m not a big fan of sour things – candies, whatever, you name it. Though, I used to love eating preserved plums, strangely enough. I don’t like it much anymore though. I don’t know why I used to. There’s the big fat seed, and there’s really barely anything to eat. And getting a sweet one is one in a million chance.

I opened it and two things happened. I was surprised that it was pink (though later I found out it was just dotted with pink flecks). And the smell. Oh my god. I’m scared. It smells really bad. If I survive long enough to inhale it, I can see that it is kind of plum-y. But it smells so bad! It…stings. This is not looking good.

I’m speechless. Well, for one thing, it certainly isn’t as bad as the smell suggests. The flecks are sour, and make me pucker, but not that strongly. In terms of flavor, it doesn’t really taste like anything. As in, nothing really at all. I’m tempted to say it tastes like “water”. But that’s not entirely accurate. I don’t really know what to call it. Even though I have not had ume before, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t really taste like this. Well, maybe I’m wrong, maybe it does. But for me, it doesn’t. This would be something like on a variety show where the players are blindfolded and they have to try to guess what the food/flavor is by eating and they’re given something outrageous like sea lion meat. (I made that up, it was in Kodocha. But I hope it’s not real, because that’s just disgusting)

Nutritional Facts:
Net Wt: 2.1oz (60g)
Serving Size: 2/3 cups (30g)
Servings: 2
Calories: 143
Total Fat: 5g
Sat Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 20mg
Total Carbohydrate: 29g
Sugars: 5g

I bought this for $1.99. Buy it at Vicki-chan’s for $2.25 (it’s near the bottom #197).

It’s not as bad as I smelt, but it wasn’t that great either. I wouldn’t buy it again, and I don’t really recommend it unless you’re a “ume” or “Pretz” enthusiast –


3 Responses to “Review #102: Ume Pretz 「紀州うめプレッツェル」”

  1. 紀州 is a place in Wakayama prefecture, famous for plums. :)

    • そうでか。ありがとうございます!(^_^)/
      今 私は クラスで 日本の県と市を ならいますから… そして、私は 奈良市を しらべます。ポスタを つくります。

      Haha, I just wanted to try my Japanese (outside of the classroom textbook). Is it passable? :)

      • Not bad at all :)

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