Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are. But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso? Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path.
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Umeboshi Plum Paste
a paste made of pickled Umeboshi plums, traditionally used in Japanese and macrobiotic cuisine. Umeboshi plums are picked at the height of ripeness and soaked in a brine of water, salt, and shiso (beefsteak) leaf. Deep purple-red in color, and with a tart, salty flavor, ume plums are used medicinally to detoxify, stimulate digestion, and as a general cure all. The paste is excellent in sauces and dips, spread on cooked vegetables, or used in salad dressings. Look for it in the Asian food section of natural food markets; I likeEden Foods brand.