How to Choose Plums
- Plums: Uniform in color with smooth skin and slightly soft flesh.
Benefits of PlumsPlums, help the body absorb iron. They are a good source of fiber and are very high in two very important phytonutrients .
How to Store PlumStore plums at room temperature to ripen, check frequently because they are extremely perishable. A ripe fruit will yield when pressed gently. To speed up the ripening process, place plums in a paper bag and store at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. Storing ripe plums in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer will prolong their eating life — they should keep for 3 to 5 days.
How to Eat PlumsCheese and Fruit Combinations: Serve semi-soft cheeses such as Morbier, Munster, Port-Salut, Gaperon, Doux de Montague, Tomme de Savoie, Raclette and Reblochon, with apricots, ripe red, yellow or purple plums, slices of ripe cantaloupe melon or, better still, slices of mango and papaya. Cold Dessert: Strawberry Mousse with Fresh Plum Sauce: purple plum sauce makes a striking complement for strawberry mousse.
Tips and NotesOnce the plums are dried they become “prunes”.
Nutrients and CaloriesThese juicy and sweet fruits are high in vitamin C, and help the body absorb iron. They contain vitamins A, B2 and potassium. They are a good source of fiber and are very high in two very important phytonutrients: the chlorogenic and neochlorogenic acids, which have amazing antioxidant properties. Best sources vitamin E are: avocados, hazelnuts, eggs, wheat germ, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, blueberries, plums, peaches, currants, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts and, to a lesser extent, whole grains, beans and leafy greens. BORON; is a trace mineral found in plums and prunes.
Plum nutrition facts: Calories: 34.5 kcal, Carbohydrate: 8.1 g, Protein: 0.5 g, Fat: 0.1 g, Fiber: 1.8 g