WHAT IS A PLUM?
These oval skinned stone fruits are among the oldest plants domesticated by man. Similar to peaches and cherries, plums have a firm, juicy interior. Their exterior skin is smooth with a groove running down one side. They come in a variety of colors including red, yellow, purple, white and green. Plums are unique in that they’re covered in a white, dusty powder called a “bloom.” It protects the fruit from insects and bacteria as well as preventing moisture loss. However the bloom is easily rubbed off and usually gone by the time you see these fruits in stores.
WHY ARE PLUMS GOOD FOR YOU?
They are rich in potassium, vitamins and fiber as well as being low in calories. A diet rich in plums can also help to lower cholesterol.
WHEN ARE PLUMS IN SEASON?
They are a May through October summer and autumn harvest in North America and December through May south of the equator.
HOW SHOULD PLUMS BE STORED?
Prior to ripening they can be stored at room temperature. Placing them in a paper bag can accelerate the fruit’s maturation. Then when they are at their peak, store your plums in the refrigerator for an additional 3 to 5 days.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A PLUM?
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WHY ARE DRIED PLUMS A LAXATIVE?
There are several reasons. The act of drying a plum works because of this fruit’s high sugar content. It allows the plum to be dried without fermenting. While this desiccation destroys the vitamin C present, it concentrates the fibers as a percentage of weight. And since your prune is now rich in insoluble fibers (as well as sorbitol), as your dried plum is digested it absorbs a lot of water. This makes your stools both larger and easier to poop out. Lastly, prunes contain dihydroxyphenyl isatin. This compound stimulates intestinal contractions a.k.a helps move that poop along to its final destination.