Classified under “drupes” fruit, with peaches and nectarines, plums contain a single hard seed surrounded by fleshy fruit. Sweet in taste with a sticky, chewy texture, the low-calorie fruits improve and maintain the health of the heart and can be eaten fresh as well as used in jam-making or other recipes.
Plums are a healthy snack that will boost bone health and lower blood sugar levels, providing plenty of beneficial nutrients for a nourishing diet. They serve as an integral component in maintain the health of the digestive system. 100g of plums yields the following:
- Vitamin A – 7% of DV
- Calcium – 1% of DV
- Vitamin C – 16% of DV
- Iron – 1% of DV
- Select plums that are plump with a flavoursome aroma and free of bruises and wrinkled spots.
- The redder the flesh of the plum, the more radical-fighting antioxidants present.
- Plums are ripe when they yield to general pressure.
- Plums when ripe may be stored in a refrigerator up to five days.