Yumberry!

This past summer, the DH and I made ourselves sick eating tons of these yummy, tart little berries.

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We had no idea what they were, what they were called or where they came from. They weren’t available in our market for long, either. Today I finally found out what they are called – Yang Mei.

According to the New York Times, Yang Mei is (or will be shortly) the new antioxidant rage in US grocery stores. They’re calling it the new pomegranate. Get ready for it!

The Chinese name means poplar-plum; in English it is called red bayberry or Chinese bayberry. The name yumberry was coined about 2003 by Charles Stenftenagel, a garden products importer from Indiana, when he was visiting a friend in Shanghai who owned a company that bottled the juice.

If you’re in China, look for them May to July. If you’re in the US, sorry, you can only enjoy the juice, the fruit itself is banned to keep out unwanted insects. I assure you, they are delicious!

Read more here (NYT).

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7 Responses to “Yumberry!”

  1. turvyc Says:

    Hee hee, the yumberry. How big are they?

  2. global gal Says:

    They are about the size of a strawberry. The texture is kind of bumpy and strange, though, which made me apprehensive to try them. 🙂

  3. Terry Xanthos Says:

    Thank you for writing about Yumberry. We have been working on this project for two years and are excited to finally have produced the juice in the U.S.A. and soon in Canada.

    Our website is: http://www.frutzzo.com

    We are updating our website very soon with much more information on the Yumberry.

    Terry Xanthos

  4. global gal Says:

    Hi Terry, Thanks for that info.

    I’ll definitely try the juice the next time I’m in the US!

  5. Nick Pearse Says:

    Hi GG.

    Very interested in taste and odour profile of this fruit. Any descriptive terms you could give me would be great. Trying to source some of the juice to taste here in UK, you don’t know any UK retailers do you by any chance?

    Cheers,
    Nick

  6. jeevesmedia Says:

    I have the perfect domain name if there is anyone interested in selling this juice in the UK!

  7. jeevesmedia Says:

    I have the perfect domain name if there is anyone interested in selling this juice in the UK!

    http://WWW.YUMBERRYJUICE.CO.UK

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