by Vicki Batts, Natural News:
Umeboshi plums are rooted in Japanese culture and have been used in Asia for centuries, both as a unique foodstuff and as a natural remedy for an array of ailments and total immune system support. The umeboshi plum, or “Japanese salt plum” as some like to call it, is highly regarded for its impressive health benefits. What makes umeboshi so special is the pickling process it goes through: The plums are pickled in barrels with salt and shiso leaves, with the whole process taking about six months. During this period, the plums develop natural enzymes, bacteria and organic acids — and a superfood is born.
Legend has it that Samurai used the umeboshi fruit to increase their stamina, prevent fatigue and support healing between battles.