Fresh, juicy plums are a signature summer stone fruit. Currently more than 140 varieties are grown throughout the world, and their vibrant sweet-tart flavor presents in shades from green to red to deep purple to almost black.
Plum skins are edible and often provide a pleasant snap when you bite into them; the small pit is discarded. The best plums are generally available from May to late October.
Why choose organic plums?
- Plums are #20 on the Environmental Working Group's “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,” a list of produce that carries the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally. So choosing organic plums makes sense — especially for children, whose growing bodies are so much more susceptible to environmental chemical exposures than adults’.
- At Earthbound Farm, we grow our organic plums without toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment and help keep pesticides out of our soil, air, water and food supply. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic plums taste better, too!
- WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for fruits like plums and a wide range of other organic and conventional foods. It’s an easy-to-use and empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects for all of us.
How to select and store plums
- Look for unwrinkled, smooth-skinned fruits with no blemishes, soft spots or discolorations. Choose plums that feel heavy for their size and give very slightly to soft finger pressure. Mature plums may have a dusty white or grayish sheen (or “bloom”) on the skin; that’s a natural coating that’s easily washed off, and it doesn’t affect flavor or quality.
- Unlike some fruits, plums won’t continue to ripen or develop more sweetness once they’ve been picked. You can soften hard plums by placing several in a loosely closed paper bag and leaving them at room temperature for a day or two; they won’t get sweeter, but they’ll soften and get juicier.
- Refrigerate ripe plums unwashed in a plastic bag for up to 3 days. Wash them just before using.
Tips for using plums
- Though they’re most often eaten out of hand, plums are a versatile fruit that can be stewed, baked, poached or dried (once called prunes, now “dried plums”).
- Plums can also be frozen for later use; wash, pit and cut your plums in half, then pack them into airtight containers and freeze for up to a month.