Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants, and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. Plums are a delicious low calorie way to get one of your five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. They contain lutein, which is good for vision and as phenols, which are antioxidants.

The European plum is thought to have been discovered around two thousand years ago, originating in the area near the Caspian Sea. European plums made their way across the Atlantic Ocean with the Pilgrims, who introduced them into the United States in the 17th century. (Japanese plums actually originated in China.)

Plums are a juicy treat when eaten out of hand. Be sure to keep a napkin ready! They are also delicious in green or fruit salads, tarts, sauces and jams.

Storage: Store ripe plums in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, wash them and let them come to room temperature for best flavor.

Recipe: Freestyle Plum Tart

This quick and easy tart recipe can be made with a variety of fruit, including blueberries, strawberries, and peaches. Guess which your favorite Fruit of the Month club recommends!


1 Refrigerated ready-to-use pie crust

4 ounces Cream cheese, softened

2 C. Sliced plums

1/4 C. Granulated sugar

2 T. Flour

1 t. Cinnamon Sugar blend

1 C. Whipped cream or whipped topping

Preheat oven to 450°. Place pie crust in greased 10″ pie plate. Carefully spread with cream cheese in a 6″ circle in the center; set aside. Toss plums with sugar and flour and spread over cream cheese. Gently fold edge of crust about 2″ over plums, leaving center uncovered. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over all. Bake 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juices bubble. Cool slightly. Cut into slices, top with whipped topping and wait for the compliments!

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