The first thing you should know about plums is: There are many different varieties. Learn a bit about each, and you’ll discover everything you need to know from there. Buckle up; there’s more to this tiny fruit than meets the eye.
Plums are broken down into two categories: Japanese and European.
• Japanese plums are the ones you typically see in the grocery store. They range from round to heart shaped and come in a variety of colors.
• European plums are commonly used for pureeing, baking, and drying. They are mostly blue in color with an oblong in shape. Some varieties come in different colors.
After that, the breakdown goes deeper.
• Black plums (Japanese) – They range from bright red to deep purple on the outside, but have a dusty yellow flesh on the inside. They have a firm texture with a sweet, mild flavor.
• Red plums (Japanese) – Skin is bright red, soft, and tart. Flesh is red (some varieties are amber) and very sweet, which balances out the skin.
• Greengage plums (European) – Common in France, they have a green skin outside with a greenish-yellow flesh inside that has a honey-sweet flavor.
• Mirabelle plums (European) – The sweetest of all plums, they are small and yellow with a red blush on the outside.
• Yellow Plums (Japanese) – Yellow through and through, they have a crisp texture with plenty of juice inside.
• Pluots – These are a hybrid of an apricot and a plum, with more plum than apricot. They look like red plums.
• Plucot – A hybrid of an apricot and plum, with more apricot than plum. Skin is green-yellow with patches of red. They have a distinctive oblong shape.
There are still other plum varieties, such as the European damson and Moyer, which are commonly used in jams and dried to become prunes.
Now that you know about the varieties of plums, take a look at the health benefits they offer.
• High in antioxidants, plums can help reduce inflammation in the body and protect cells from free radical damage that can lead to disease.
• High in nutrients, one plum contains over 15 vitamins and minerals that your body needs every day. Plus, they’re low in calories.
• High on heart health, plum consumption has been linked to reduced blood pressure levels, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and higher HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Looking for a way to get more plums in your diet? Stop by for lunch and try our Chilled Plum Soup special for summer. It’s perfect for a light lunch or an easy first course at your summer dinner party. Full of rich and unique flavor, it’s a soup like no other. Get yours before, like summer, it’s gone for the season.
Come on into our Soup Studio in Agoura Hills and try any of our soups including squash and our new ramen. If you’re not juicing you should be souping.