According to Umeboshi company’s tweet, Japanese pickled plum industry is in dire straits Pipa News

According to Umeboshi company’s tweet, Japanese pickled plum industry is in dire straits

The average Japanese household is eating less pickled plums than ever.

umeboshi Namkeen are pickled Japanese plums that can usually be found atop a bed of white rice, or tucked in the middle of an onigiri rice ball. Despite their bitter-sour taste in the mouth, they are a staple that has been eaten throughout Japan for centuries and are also known to have health benefits. Umeboshi is said to be beneficial in reducing the risk of diabetes as well as helping to lower blood pressure. They are also said to be good for people watching their weight, as they contain a chemical that helps prevent the swelling of fat cells.

They are especially popular among the older generation, but research has found that the popularity of umeboshi among young people has decreased these days. Even more troubling for the umboshi industry, though, is this recent tweet baijuen,

Baijuen, an umeboshi wholesale company founded back in 1911, posted on its Twitter account and suggested that it It’s not just the young who aren’t eating umeboshi these days ,

“Everyone, are you aware of the current state of the umeboshi industry? Last year the annual consumption of umeboshi was about 663 grams per household. Saying ‘663 grams’ might be a bit hard for you to imagine, so in simple words, umboshi warehouse are full of umboshi and have nowhere to go. If this situation continues, many umeboshi businesses, including ours, will go out of business.”

663 grams (1.5 lb) is roughly the same weight as a standard basketball, meaning that the average Japanese family ate roughly umeboshi worth of basketball throughout the year, Granted, the omeboshi are much smaller than a basketball (and much harder to dribble), so it can still be a bit difficult to see, so here it is Actual, visual representation of 700 grams of umeboshiSlightly more than the average household meals per year.

according to a survey of ministry of internal affairs and communicationsumeboshi spending peaked about 20 years ago, when the average household was buying 1,053 grams of umeboshi a year. In 2009 it decreased to 658 grams.

While the reason for umeboshi’s continued decline in popularity is unclear, Baijuen is considering several possible reasons. In addition to the fact that umeboshi does not appeal to the younger generation, many older people have been put off from purchasing umeboshi due to the recent price increase, which came about as a result of the poor harvest in 2020. People are also eating less white rice than before, which is the traditional accompaniment to umeboshi.

Japanese netizens shared their thoughts on why people are still not buying umeboshi these days.

“I like umeboshi, but they are too expensive for me so I don’t buy them.”
“I’ve stopped eating umeboshi since I started living alone.”

“All you see in the supermarket these days is Umboshi dipped in honey… I’m not a fan.”
“They should bring back the old-fashioned salty umeboshi. They’re too sweet these days.
“The umeboshi my late grandmother made is the best. I can’t eat any other kind of umeboshi.”
“I’ll happily eat umeboshi if it’s in a bento, but I never intentionally go out of my way when I’m food shopping.”

However, it’s not all doom and gloom Baijuen’s tweet went viral, currently has over 10 million views and nearly 30 thousand retweets. A representative for Baijuen said in an interview with J-Cast News that after the tweet went viral, they received one month order in just one daySo there is still hope for Baijuen and Umeboshi industry.

Source: J-Cast News Via Jin
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