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Pizza Hut Japan creates Japanese plum pizza, calls it a 'Japanese Margherita'

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Made with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil, pizza Margherita is about as classic as pizzas come. And yes, Pizza Hut Japan will be happy to bake a traditional pizza Margherita for you…but now they’ll also be happy to bake you what they’re billing as a “Japanese Margherita” with some very unorthodox ingredients.

Called the Super New Star Umegherita, the marque ingredient here is ume, or Japanese plums. That’s “plums,” in the plural sense, as each and every slice of the Umegherita gets its own whole umeboshi (pickled plum).


Pizza Hut Japan isn’t just tossing any old picked plums on here either. The Umegherita was developed in partnership with Tokyo umeboshi specialty stand Tachigui Umeboshiya, and the companies started with a list of some 300 varieties of pickled plums produced in Japan. They pared that down to 16 promising candidates, and after testing them out decided on Shirara, a type of Kishunanko plum grown in Wakayama, Japan’s top ume-producing prefecture. Kishunanko are allowed to fully ripen and drop off the branch naturally before being harvested, and Shirara were chosen for their thick skin, plump, meaty texture, and flavorful juiciness with a mixture of sour and sweet notes.


The Umegherita’s cheese is a mixture of mozzarella and gouda, with a pink ume sauce drizzled on top for extra plum flavor. Leaves of oba, an edible herb sometimes called “Japanese basil” replace the orthodox basil of an everyday pizza Margherita, and the crispy crust gets an extra dash of salt, which should bring to mind the saltiness that umeboshi often acquire as part of the pickling process.

▼ The Umegherita, in front of containers of umeboshi


The Umegherita is on sale now and will be available until June 12, unless it proves so popular that Pizza Hut runs out of ingredients before then. It comes in medium size only, priced at 2,600 yen by itself, but you can also order it with a regular pizza Margherita as part of a two-pizza comparison pack for 3,500 yen…


…or with two cans of alcoholic beverages (Kirin beer or lemon shochu sours) for 2,950 yen…


…which is, perhaps, Pizza Hut Japan’s tacit admission that they understand that plum pizza is something some people might not be ready to try for the first time while they’re still sober.

Source, images: PR Times

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Why is Pizza Hut trying to act like pizzala with its amazingly strange pizzas and amazingly delicious expensive price. .

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calls it a 'Japanese Margherita'

No they don't, nowhere.

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Note to Pizza Hut (and Pizza La):

Pizza is not a science experiment.

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Sprinkle some small pieces of nori on it too and you can call it 'nihonfu.' That's how it usually works. Like a few bits of pineapple on anything makes it Hawaiian.

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I usually scroll past this food section because it invariably features the most hideous concoctions by one franchise or another. This is no different. Don’t know why I stopped here.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Perhaps "wafu" is a better word than "nihonfu". In any case, jokes and poking fun are unwelcome anyway here.

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Japan should first learn how to actually make pizza before trying its own abominations.

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Japan should not be allowed anywhere near Italian cuisine.

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What a terribly queer combination. Well, I wouldn’t like to try that even if it was free.

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If Queen Margherita liked the basil tomato and cheese colors of the Italian flag then Japan should go with “Pizza Masako” with Gouda cheese and an plum - the Nankobai- in the middle for a Hinomaru pie.

Pizza Masako ¥2980 Large

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This is Japan's answer to sushi restaurants in foreign countries putting basil in their "California Rolls" and topping it with peanut sauce.

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Pizza is not a science project. As set down by the rules written in Bulgaria, seconded by the Lower House in Britain, written into law in France and implemented in Rome, there are restrictions to the making of pizza. Coincidentally, an index added by the ratified index by the governing body in Greece, there is a list of ingredients forbidden for pizza. Page 8 specifically lists "Plums, pickled, Japan".

This isn't pizza. It's against European law. It's a pizza that should never be eaten.

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No they don't, nowhere.

bottom of ad. katakana.

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bottom of ad. katakana.

You are of course right and I stand corrected. They don't state it as text in their press release nor in their website, but there it is, front and center. Yikes.

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Well of the US congress can declare "Pizza is a vegetable" so the frozen pizza corporations can keep selling their frozen crap to school kids, then Japan can do what they want.

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Again, pizza is not a science experience. There is no better way to callously insult this Italian cousine, than by experimenting with garbage components such as this. Isn't it enough that you put corn, teriyaki, sea food and other junk, now this??

PizzaHut in Japan is nowhere near the quality and taste as the one in Europe or North America. Not by a mile.

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In my local large chain supermarket, I bought a magherita pizza for 300 yen, tax Inc.

Would I put pickled plums on it?

Ha ha ha ha …

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Though an abomination against all that is fair and right, I would try the pizza before putting it down. Now, I know a lot of people think that pizza should only be made a certain way, but I don't know what that is. Can anyone tell me? I like pickled plums. I like pizza. I would try it. Then I would know. It's just a thing with me. I don't hop on bandwagons unless someone knows what they are talking about,

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