Plums (prunus domestica) are round or oval shaped fruits with a thin outer skin, mushy inner flesh, and single inner pip found in the center. Depending on type plums can range from yellow to dark red to purple.
Health Benefits of Plums
Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
Increased Immune Function
Reduced Cancer Risk
Protection Against Heart Disease
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly
concentrated in Plums, and may not necessarily be related to Plums.
Look for semi-firm plums that have a vibrant color. Avoid any plums that have discolorations. If plums have started to dry and look wrinkly, they are likely to be sweet and are often OK to buy as they are on their way to becoming prunes.
Climate and origin
There are so many different varieties of plums that it is difficult to know the exact origin. A hardy tree, plums can be grown in temperate to sub-tropical climates. (zones 4-9 in the U.S.)
Depending on variety, plums have a fragrant sweet to tart taste.
The most popular form of plum (prunus domestica) is thought to come from a hybrid of the cherry plum (prunus cerasifera) and the sloe plum (prunus spinosa). Wide in variety, over 300 types of plums already existed during the time of the Ancient Romans.
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