Plums are members of the Rosaceae family and grow on deciduous trees. Their colors, which range from a dark bluish-purple to a brilliant scarlet, sunlight orange, golden yellow, or jade green, vary according to species and subspecies.
Plums with red flesh are sweeter than those with yellow flesh, and plums, in general, are a good source of vitamins C and K and a good source of dietary fiber. Like all Prunus fruits, the plum is a drupe (or stone fruit), which means it has thin skin and a central seed to which the flesh is attached.
Although various cultivars have evolved to a variety of soils and climatic circumstances, they do best in temperate climes and require sunlight and healthy soil with good drainage. The most frequent types grown and sold for their sweet, juicy fruits are the common European plum and the Japanese plum, which is said to have originated in China. They’re excellent for both eating raw and cooked.
Health Benefits of Plums
- Reduce the Chances of Coronary Artery Disease:Plums include phytochemicals and minerals that reduce inflammation linked to heart disease.
- Helps Manage Anxiety:A plum a day could help to keep anxiety at bay. Anxiety levels can rise when antioxidant levels are low.
- Provides Relief from Constipation:Plums, like prunes, can help move things along in your digestive tract. Sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that works as a natural laxative, is abundant in them.
- Prevents Stroke and High Blood Pressure:Plums contain potassium, which is beneficial to blood pressure regulation in two ways. It aids in the removal of sodium from your body through urination and reduces tension in the walls of your blood vessels. Your chances of having a stroke are reduced when blood pressure is lower.
- Antioxidants are Abundant.These compounds protect the body from cell and tissue damage, which can lead to diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cancer.
- Lower Blood Sugar Levels.Plums are high in fiber, which helps to prevent blood sugar spikes following carbohydrate consumption. They can also help your body produce more adiponectin, a hormone that aids in blood sugar regulation.
- Improves Bone Health.Prunes (dry plums) have been shown in animal studies to help decrease and even reverse bone loss.
Do Plums Stain Clothes?
Plums can certainly stain clothes, and the stains require a lot of effort to remove, but they may be done successfully with the right routine. To keep prune stains off different surfaces and clothes, follow these stain removal strategies.
First and foremost, use cold water to saturate the stained area. Because the plum is a dark-pigmented fruit, when it comes into touch with hot water, the stain can set very quickly and sometimes permanently. Continue washing the area with cold water until there is no more plum residue.
Lemon juice is an acidic substance that will help break up the plum stain. After the cold-water treatment, apply a coat of lemon juice to the discoloration. If possible, place in direct sunlight to remove the plum stain since the sun, when coupled with the lemon juice, acts as a natural whitening agent.
If you don’t have access to sunlight, apply lemon juice to the stain and scrub gently with a brush or cloth. Repeat as necessary until the stain is almost gone, then wash as normal in cold water. Add a tiny amount of lemon juice to the washing machine, along with your normal detergent, if desired.
If the stain is completely gone, dry as usual. If the stain continues, air dry the item and repeat the process until the stain has disappeared entirely. Heat will permanently fix the stain, so place the item in a warm dryer cycle until the stain is erased.
If the lemon juice doesn’t erase the discoloration, try distilled white vinegar. Instead of apple cider vinegar that has a different chemical composition and can discolor materials considerably more, use white vinegar. Apply a thick layer of distilled white vinegar to the stain after flushing it with cold water until it is clear.
Use a soft cloth or brush to remove the stain, and repeat as needed until the stain is removed. In addition to your standard laundry detergent, use a cold-water cycle and 1 cup of white vinegar. Repeat the method if the stain persists after washing.
When are Plums in Season?
From May until October, plums are in season. Local plums, picked lovely and ripe, can be found at farmers’ markets throughout July and August.
Don’t worry if you can’t locate them at your local farmers’ market. At identical firmness levels, plums withstand shipment and handling better than nectarines, peaches, and apricots. This increases your chances of finding good ones in the supermarket.
How to Store Fresh Plums?
To avoid rot and over-ripening, use ripe plums right away or keep them refrigerated. They should last 3–5 days in the refrigerator once refrigerated. Unripe plums can be left to ripen at room temperature for 1–2 days. The ripening process is accelerated if necessary by storing them in a closed paper bag to capture the ethylene (a plant hormone they release).
Because ethylene can cause other fresh products to decay, keep plums separate from other fruits and vegetables, whether stored in the fridge or not. If freezing, choose firm but ripe fruits, wash and chop them as desired, eliminate the pit (which contains a toxic component that should not be consumed), and place them in a freezer-safe container ahead of time.
Plums are a delicious and healthy fruit, but you need to be careful not to drop them on your clothes or carpet as they leave pretty nasty stains. If you accidentally get a plum stain, follow the removing strategies discussed above to get rid of it quickly.