It’s Now Yangmei Season in Shanghai, Here’s What You Need to Know

By That's Shanghai, July 15, 2019

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It almost saddens us to write about yángméi (杨梅). They really are the only thing about summers in Shanghai that we look forward to.

Fruit stands and wet markets will be teeming with these knobby little gems and then, as quickly as they appeared, they’re gone.

READ MORE: How to Get the Most Out of Your Local Wet Market

Fortunately, Shanghai is right next to Zhejiang Province, where most yangmei are cultivated, so we get our fair share here. But you have to act fast. The season starts in May, usually around Dragon Boat Festival, and only lasts a few weeks. In fact, right now it should already be over — yangmei season usually ends in late June. But thanks to an extended plum rain season this year, the famed fruit can still be found on shelves right now. However, with the arrival of the sanfu (三伏), otherwise known as the hottest period of the year, they’ll be off the market again soon.

Yangmei

Image by Aimee Burlamacchi/That’s

So how do they taste? Downright delicious! Imagine everything you love about strawberries and blackberries and fresh currants in one convenient, pulpy, juicy and beautiful little fruit.

How to Pick Them

Look for plump, blemish-free berries about 1.5-2.5cm in diameter. They can be anywhere from bright red to a rich deep purple. In our experience, the darker ones are much sweeter and juicier.

Yangmei
Image by Aimee Burlamacchi/That’s

How to Eat Them

Simple. Pop them in your mouth and spit out the pits.

Being a natural product, certain little bugs tend to enjoy these tasty fruits as much as humans do. However, they are easily evicted from their yangmei hangouts with a little cleaning. Brian Tan, formerly of HoF, recommends soaking them in salted water for at least two hours, rinsed with a little vodka for extra cleanliness.

Cost

RMB20-35/jin (斤, 500g), prices may vary between larger and smaller ones.

[Top image by Aimee Burlamacchi/That’s]


This article originally appeared on Thatsmags.com on June 7, 2017. It has been updated and republished on July 15, 2019.

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