In February the first trees to bloom in Japan are the plum trees. They're not as famous as the Japanese cherry tree, but I like them much more for the vibrant colors of their flowers from white to dark pink and for their beautiful round petals and because people are much less silly than when the cherry trees start blossoming.
|Plum tree blooming in our garden|
In Japan plums are used in many ways. The most two famous are probably umeshu (plum wine) and umeboshi (kind of pickled plum) made out of the fruits harvested in June. But they are also used to make some sweets, mainly jelly that I love!
|Sweet plum and red shiso jelly|
The plum flower is also largely used for decoration for Hina-matsuri, the dolls festival literally, or festival for the girls on March 3d.
|Hina-matsuri sweets decorated with plum flowers|
Oh! And Prunellia arrives tonight in Tokyo!!!
|My umeboshi favorite lunch plate|