There are a plethora of plums in the world – over 2,000 varieties in existence and over 100 available in the United States, in fact! Plums are categorized as:
All of these plums vary in size and shape, though it’s common for plums to be heart or oval-shaped. Plums are the rainbow of the fruit world, with color variations of their skin coming in red, purple, blue-black, green, yellow, and amber. The plum’s flesh varies from green, yellow, pink, and orange. The peak plum season runs from May to October, depending upon the variety available.
Plum Passion Juicing Recipe
- 1 apple
- 4 plums (pits removed)
Cut the apple into wedges that will fit into the juicer shute. Remove the pits from the plums. Juice the fruit and enjoy!
Plums contain unique nutrients called phenols, which are antioxidants. These phenols are the prime neutralizer of a free radical called the ‘superoxide anion radical’ which can damage brain cells. Plums protect brain cells and the neurons that fire information between our cells.
The plum also allows the body to better absorb iron. It is thought that the benefit of iron absorption is related to the plums high Vitamin C content. Vitamin C is an all around immune booster. Consumption of fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C is highly recommended by health professionals far and wide. Plums are also a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, and potassium. All which are vital to good health.
European plums were discovered over 2,000 years ago in an area near the Caspian Sea. In ancient Rome, over 300 varieties of the European plum where known. Plums came to the Americas with the pilgrims.
Japanese plums are actually Chinese in origin, but received their name from the country that cultivated them.
Selection and Storage
Plums are ripe and ready to eat when they yield to slight pressure and are a bit soft at the tip. If the plums are firm, leave them at room temperature to ripen. Once the plums are ripe you can store them in the refrigerator for several days. Avoid overly firm plums, as they are immature and will probably not ripen to be sweet and juicy as the best plums are. Avoid any plums with bruises or punctures. If you wish to freeze plums, remove the pits beforehand to preserve that plum-goodness.