Fresh ume, an apricot-like Japanese fruit, has a short season and is hard to find outside of Japan. But you can order them from Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance, California, and get them shipped by overnight mail, says mshenna.

You have to call or fax, says mshenna; the ume season is so short that fresh ume don’t ever make it onto Mitsuwa’s website. Fresh green ume are indispensable for making homemade umeshu (plum-flavored spirits) or umeboshi (incredibly sour and salty pickled ume).

Board Link: Fresh green ume, finally, by mail order

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