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Learn more about Plums & Prunes

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Sugar Plum (French Petite Prune)

Sugar Plum

(French Petite Prune)

Smaller than Italian prune, this tear drop shaped beauty is a sweet surprise. Bet you can’t eat just one.

Approx. Picking Dates: Sept. 11 – Sept. 23

Black plum

Black Plum

[Aside from being dark and delicious, descriptions vary. So, we are waiting for harvest again to define them for ourselves.]

Approx. Picking Date: Aug. 29

Elephant Heart plum

Elephant Heart Plum

The Elephant Heart plum is known for it’s large, heart-shaped fruit with a thick, bronze-green skin that turns reddish purple when completely ripe. It’s juicy, blood-reed flesh has a rich and distinctive flavor that is good for fresh eating, canning and freezing.

Approx. Picking Date: Sept. 11

Italian Prune [plum]

Italian Prune

This European purple prune/plum is a sweet surprise either fresh or dried. Use them for “Plum Kuchen” or plum pudding. Like all European plums, the two halves separate readily from the seed.

Approx. Picking Date: Sept. 11

Early Italian plum

Early Italian Prune

These plums/prunes are similar to Italian, but sweeter and slightly larger.

Approx. Picking Dates: Aug. 23 – Aug. 29

Santa Rosa plum

Santa Rosa Plum

Rich red covering over yellow fruit, these have set the standard for “pluminess” for decades. When fully tree ripened, they pick up a sweet flesh, while remaining tart around the seed and skin.

Approx. Picking Dates: Aug. 4 – Aug. 10

Duarte plum

Duarte Plum

The Duarte plum is a large, heart-shaped, deep red fruit with a sweet blood-red flesh that is excellent for fresh eating or canning.

Approx. Picking Date: July 28

 

What is the difference between a PRUNE and a PLUM?

Not much! The main differentiation is that a prune is a “freestone” version (pit is easily freed) and therefor great for drying, whereas plums are primarily for fresh consumption and are “clingstone” (pit literally clings for more difficult removal). Dried plum fruits are either called “dried plums” or “prunes” [the term prune stands on its own perhaps implying it was famous for its “dried” state and qualities]. Prunes are actually a distinct type of plum, and are thought to predate the fruits now commonly known as plums. Plum is of the the genus Prunus (Old World Prunes).

~paraphrased in part from Prune and Plum pages at: en.wikipedia.org

 

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