Plums are in season at the moment and they taste delicious. Sweet and juicy, plums are a healthy treat for your child’s lunchbox. They’re a perfect size for small hands and don’t need peeling, just a quick wash.
Prunes are actually dried plums – fruit companies are starting to rebrand prunes as “dried plums”, because prunes are often associated with constipation. Not an ideal marketing image!
Not only do plums taste great, they are extremely healthy:
- Plums contain vitamin C, which helps your immune system – useful now the cold and flu season is with us
- Eating foods rich in vitamin C helps us to absorb iron
- Plums are high in vitamin A which is good for eyesight
- Plums (or prunes!) are full of fibre and good for the digestive system
Choosing and Storing
When choosing plums make sure they aren’t damaged or split. Ripe plums will give a little when you squeeze them. Slightly under ripe plums can be left in the fruit bowl to ripen but once they start softening eat them quickly. Store ripe plums in the fridge and plan to eat them soon. Plums taste best at room temperature, so take them out of the fridge 30 minutes before you need them.
Why not Chop fresh plums and sprinkle them over muesli, cereal or porridge for a great healthy breakfast? Next time you’re shopping for fruit, stock up on plums and enjoy a tasty seasonal treat.
Do you have any favourite healthy plum recipes? Share them with us, we’d love to hear from you!