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April Fruit of the Month: Plums

The April Fruit of the Month is Plums!

They’re plum terrific! One medium-sized plum is a great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body heal from cuts and wounds, and helps you absorb more iron from your food. Plums are also full of fiber and Vitamin A.

Dried plums are called prunes. The pit is removed and the fruit is dehydrated. Prunes are an excellent source of fiber. Dried fruit should be consumed in smaller portions than the fresh versions of fruit. Two medium size plums are a serving of the fresh fruit while ¼ cup of dried plums (prunes) is a serving in the dried version.

When buying plums, choose plump plums with smooth skins. Make sure to avoid bruises and soft spots! Store unripe plums in a paper bag until they’re ripe, then refrigerate them.

Fun Facts:

  • A “plumcot” is 50% plum and 50% apricot.
  • An “aprium” is 75% apricot and 25% plum.
  • A “pluot” is 75% plum and 25% apricot.
  • Wild plum trees are symbolic of independence.
  • Luther Burbank brought twelve plum seeds back from Japan, now almost all plums grown in the United States are related to those seeds.

Top 10 Ways To Enjoy Plums:

  1. Plum dippers. Choose the largest plums you can find and cut into thin slices. Dip in low-fat vanilla or honey yogurt for an easy finger food that your kids will love!
  2. Violet smoothie. Freeze pitted plums and toss them into a blender along with other frozen fruits. Add 100% fruit juice and blend away for a tangy frozen treat.
  3. Plums and couscous. Combine whole wheat couscous, apples, lemon juice, and dried plums to create an aromatic salad that can be served as a light main course for lunch or as a side dish with grilled steak or salmon.
  4. Trail mix. Cut dried plums into the size of raisins and create a trail mix with almonds, whole grain cereal, granola, and other dried fruits.
  5. Main course. Stir-fry meals pack all ingredients into one delicious main course. Combine a lean protein, walnuts, brown rice, celery, peppers, and other favorite fruits and vegetables, then mix in ginger and low-sodium soy sauce … and enjoy!
  6. By the bite. Enjoy plums as nature intended, right off the tree!
  7. Plum kabob. Ever tasted a warm plum? Layer plums with bell peppers, red onions, corn, and boneless chicken, then lightly coat with low-sodium soy sauce and heat on the grill or oven until chicken is cooked.
  8. Purple salad. Plums brighten up any salad! Combine them with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, oranges, honey, and mint to make an appetizing salad for dessert or a snack!
  9. Drizzle ’em. For a late night treat or early morning delight, drizzle puréed plum sauce made with a small amount of 100% juice and vanilla extract over hot oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, or low-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream.
  10. Plum chutney. Chutney is great on whole wheat crackers, freshly baked bread, or with vegetables. Pack it for a picnic or serve it as an appetizer.

Learn more about plums with this Pick It! Try It! Like It! fact sheet.

Fact check: South Dakota Harvest of the Month, Fruit & Veggies: More Matters

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