Description: Plums have a plump, round shape with a depression at the top where the Food - plumstem attached. The skin is very smooth and shiny, and can be red, purple, or yellow.

Availability: Summer

Facts: Plums are hard-pitted fruits like peaches, nectarines, cherries, and apricots. About 12 species are cultivated throughout temperate regions for their fruit and as flowering ornamental trees. The common European variety has been cultivated since ancient times and originated near the Caspian Sea. It was introduced into North America, probably by the Pilgrims, and is now mostly cultivated in the western United States, California in particular.

Serving Size = 1 CUP

Food - nutrition label plumsSelection: Choose plump fruit with smooth skins. Avoid bruises and soft spots.

Storage: Store unripe fruit in paper bag until ripe. Refrigerate ripe plums.

Nutrition Benefits: Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C.

Pigments: anthocyanins, beta-carotene

Phytochemicals: chlorogenic acid, p-coumaric acid, ferulic, malic acid

ORAC Score: 949