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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
|Taste||Salty and Sweet and very pungent. Texture is very hard.|
|Uses||Eaten sparingly or can be used in a drink.|
|Health and Nutrition||High salt content. Other nutritional value are insignificant.|
|Thoughts||This 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 Snack||Jade 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.
|Serving Size||5 Piece (15g) Serving Per Container 5|
|Total Fat||0g 0%|
|Saturated Fat||0g 0%|
|Sodium||2268 mg 95%|
|Total Carbohydrate||6g 2%|
|Dietary Fiber||3g 12%|
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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