Freshly picked plums are a highlight of summer for me. I love that they’re hardy, pretty easy to raise and not as prone to insects as many other fruit varieties.
In the above photo, I have my Superior plum on the left- which looks more like a Pluot to me….wondering if they sold me the wrong type a few years ago…..and my Santa Rosa plum on the right. Both are lovely varieties; firm and juicy. The Santa Rosas are my favorite, however, as they have a powerful tangyness that can’t be beat. I prefer to pick them when they are still firm, with the tiniest bit of ‘give’ to them. I’m not a fan of mushy fruit.
Here they are on the inside; gorgeous, mouth-watering and vibrant! Plums are one of my favorite fruits. I’ve been waking up in the morning lately with my taste buds begging me to go out and pick a few for breakfast.
They may not be as ‘cool’ in the world of fruits as say oranges or peaches or kiwi…but maybe that’s because many people have never experienced a truly fresh, ripe plum. Sublime!
Here are the basics:
*Trees need deep watering once or twice a week in summer, an area somewhat protected from fierce northern winds and frosts, but good sun exposure and yearly mulch and fertilizer.
*Many plum trees need a second variety to act as a cross-pollinator, but there are those that can produce without it.
*Plums belong to the Rosaceae family of “drupe” fruits in the genus, Prunus…hence the name ‘prune’ for dried plums.
*Plums are wonderful eaten fresh, are high in fiber when dried (12.4 grams per cup of prunes), full of vitamin C and have compounds that help act as scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals that are factors in aging and disease.
*They’re also full of minerals like potassium, fluoride and iron, which play major roles in healthy blood and blood pressure.
*Plums are higher in antioxidants that oranges, grapes or cherries.
*I’m heading out right now to pick a few to enjoy this evening.
Go plant some plum trees!