The sweet, tart stone fruit that’s consumed fresh or dried.
The skin of plum can be a purple-red color or a yellow-green color. When dried, they’re much sweeter than when fresh. They’re also referred to as prunes when dried. This stone fruit grows on trees and is even grown right here in the U.S. in northern New England as well as the warmer South.
Health Benefits of Plums:
Plums are great for your health due to their wonderful vitamin and mineral content. Their vitamin C content is great for immunity as well as wound healing. Additionally, their magnesium content can help reduce stress and tension in the body. They even have a good amount of folate which is associated with proper red blood cell formation.
Nutrient Breakdown of Plums:
*Per 1 cup sliced, 165g (1)
- Carbohydrate | 18.8g
- Vitamin C | 26% DV
- Vitamin A | 11 % DV
- Potassium | 7% DV
- Magnesium | 3% DV
- Folate | 2% DV
How To Use:
Due to the fact that plums are available both raw and in dried form, they’re very versatile! Raw plums are great fresh as a snack with some nuts or seeds, and can also be chopped up into a summer salad. When cooked, their sweetness makes them great for baked desserts like crisps or cobblers. Dried plums (or prunes) are delicious when mixed into energy balls or even on their own as a snack.
Don’t forget, when dried, the fruit has a bit less water and a bit more sugar. Just be sure to pair dried fruit with protein or healthy fat to help with optimal absorption!