Reasons to Eat: Plums

by Parents for Health Team on August 25, 2011

Plums

There are 140 different varieties of plum and not all of them are purple - they can be black, yellow, red, pink or green. The skin of a plum has a natural waxy coating that prevents the fruit from drying out.

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.

Plums are a member of the rose family along with strawberries, cherries and raspberries.

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!

Super food

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!

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