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Preserved Plum

Preserved Plum Candy is a traditional Chinese Candy. It is dried to a jerky like texture. The flavor is quite pungent and off putting for those who have never eaten it. Most would just put the whole thing in the mouth. To eat it properly, you are only suppose to eat a small piece per bite. If done properly, it can be quite enjoyable.

Preserved Plum Review Quick Summary


Preserved Plum
TasteSalty and Sweet and very pungent. Texture is very hard.
UsesEaten sparingly or can be used in a drink.
Health and NutritionHigh salt content. Other nutritional value are insignificant.
ThoughtsThis is a candy that needs an acquired taste. They make it with a wide variety of flavor. If you never tried it before, I recommend giving it a shot.
Reviewed SnackJade Sweet Li Hing Mui Dried Plums 5 Ounces

Taste and Texture

The first thing that you will notice when biting it is how sour and pungent it is. The powder that they put in the plums will suck the moisture straight from your mouth. For that reason, you should just bite it bit by bit. As you eat it and your saliva moisten it, there will be a slight pleasant sweet flavor. The smell is also quite fragrant.

In terms of texture, it is tough. Like a hard piece of leather. It gets softer as you chew it. In the center, there is a seed. You should not eat it.

Health and Nutrition

Because of the size of it, there has almost no significant health effect except for sodium. Each piece of candy will amount to around 20 % of your sodium intake. Other than that, its pretty much fine to eat. Below, you will find a list of the nutritional value.

Nutrition FactsValue
Serving Size5 Piece (15g) Serving Per Container 5
Total Fat0g 0%
Saturated Fat0g 0%
Trans Fat0g
Sodium2268 mg 95%
Total Carbohydrate6g 2%
Dietary Fiber3g 12%
Total Sugar0g
Other Carbs0g
Vitamin D0

Ingredient List

Ingredients are pretty simple and natural. Nothing too odd. It is as follow.

Dried Fruit, Sugar, Salt, Licorice, Qualified Flavors.

Sour Plum Drink

A popular drink that is made with preserved plum is Sour Plum Drink. The Vietnamese version is just club soda, sugar and the persevered plum. Its quite refreshing and you get a hint of that preserved plum flavor.

Where to Buy Preserved Plum

These are fairly common in any Asian Supermarket. Most western supermarket will not carry this. It is a acquired taste and something that most western palate will not be use to. However, you can find online retailer like amazon.

Preserved Plum Thoughts

This is a very unique candy. Definetly different from your everyday candy. There is another one that is not as dry but very sweet and that itself is also a acquired taste. However, one you get it, you will see why chinese people like it. There are more fruits than just plums. Some use orange peel other will use mango. I recommend giving at least one a try.

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