Taste: Prune plums refer to a specific type of European fruit that is both higher in sugar and lower in water content than most plum varieties. The result is that prune plums, eaten fresh, are some of the tastiest plums you can find. Look for these egg-shaped, dark indigo or blue fruits whenever you’re craving something sweet.
- Good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, copper, dietary fiber, and potassium
- Plums have a low glycemic index value, which means eating them can help you control your blood sugar and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Contain phenols, which are powerful antioxidants known to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals
When To Look For Prune Plums: Prune plums ripen later than plums, needing more time to develop the sugars that make them so sweet. This makes them available long past when other plums have gone out of season. Look for prune plums in late August extending to October.
Best Uses For Prunes: These plums were treasured by commercial growers because they can be dried whole without fermenting. Their free stone and gummy texture makes them a great option for slicing into wedges for pies, or for a pretty garnish for a summer cake. They can also add sweetness and color to salads, sandwiches, and more!
How to Store Prune Plums: Like other plums, if they need ripening, keep them on the counter for a few days. After, refrigerate them for up to 4 days. Prune plums freeze well and are excellent for dehydrating or canning.