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Braised Cabbage with Umeboshi

July 16, 2013

The uniquely stimulating taste of umeboshi can be used to enhance simple braised cabbage.

Serves 3



  1. Cut the cabbage half in half again lengthwise. Remove the hard stemmy core, and shred the leafy part thinly into 0.5cm slices. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a frying pan, add the umeboshi, and sauté briefly, stirring with a wooden spoon. At first, the umeboshi won’t mix evenly, but as you keep mixing, it will evenly coat the cabbage. Keep cooking like this for about 5 minutes.
  2. After sautéing, if no juice has come out of the cabbage, add a very small drizzle of water, cover, lower the heat, and simmer over a low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Serve hot on the side with braised tofu or roasted buckwheat.


John & Jan BellemeJohn & Jan Belleme

John & Jan Belleme are leading autorities on the healing powers of traditional Japanese foods. Before turning his focus to food and health, John was a research biologist for the Veteran's association in Miami, Florida, and he worked in laboratories at the Universities of Miami Medical School and Harvard University Medical School.

For more than twenty-five years John has applied his background in medical research to interpreting the literature on traditional Japanese medicinal foods.

In 1979, after living and studying in Japan for over a year - where the Bellemes learned the craft of miso making firsthand - they co-founded the American Miso Company, one of the world's largest producers of traditional miso.

Since the 1980s the Bellemes have researched and written, and in many cases illustrated, over 130 published articles on the subject of Japanese foods, including four books: Culinary Treasures of Japan; Cooking with Japanese Foods: A Guide to the Traditional Natural Foods of Japan; Clearspring - The Real Taste of Japan and The Miso Book.

John and Jan travel throughout the eastern United States giving lectures about authentic Japanese foods, and every winter, with partner Sandy Pukel, organise a week-long health cruise that features prominent experts in macrobiotic cooking, healthy living, holistic medicine, yoga, meditation, shiatsu, Pilates, and natural beauty aids. They live in Saluda, North Carolina.

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