Plums

Summer is here! The solstice may have brought a ferocious heat wave here in California, but it has also brought a huge bounty of plums to this lucky girl. My neighbors have several lovely trees dropping these little gems faster than they can be gobbled up. They have kindly kept our fruit bowl spilling over with not one, but three different kind of plums for over a week now. I can’t walk past the bowl without popping one into my mouth.

Nutrition:

Plums are a good source of vitamin c, a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells from damage and promotes collagen production. Eating an antioxidant rich diet will help your body and skin be its most beautiful this summer. Plums, like many fruits and vegetables, also have a high water content. Consuming yummy seasonal fruits can help you stay hydrated and healthy on hot summer days.

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Tips on choosing the best plums:

Ripe stone fruit should be fairly firm but have a slight give when squeezed gently.  When purchasing, look for deep, even colored plums that have a pleasantly sweet smell.

Storage:

Plums are delicate and do not store as long as some produce. If they are too firm and under ripe when purchased, you can ripen them on your counter for a day or two. Once ripe, plums will keep in the fridge for a few days.  You can also make jam or preserves so your plum harvest can be enjoyed all year long!

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Favorite uses:

Plums make a lovely fruit salad when sliced and tossed with fresh strawberries and blueberries. They make a sweet addition to green salad and pair well with soft crumbly cheeses. One of my favorite summer breakfasts: I toast up a piece of my favorite hearty whole grain bread, slather it with creamy cottage cheese and top it with juicy slices of ripe plum. Sliced plums can also be grilled or roasted with a drizzle of honey for a healthy and sweet treat at your next BBQ.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy plums? Leave a comment bellow!

 

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