WHAT ARE PLUMS?
Plums are of the prunus genus and are related to peaches and nectarines.
A plum tree grows between 5-7 metres in height.
Plums are grown all over the world from China to the USA and Europe.
The Ancient Greeks mention plums being imported from Syria. The Romans introduced them into northern Europe.
TYPES OF PLUMS
There are over 2000 varieties of plums worldwide and here in the UK we have 300 varieties of plums to choose from including Orange Pippin, Flavour King, Victoria, Greengage, Mirabelle, Damson, Avalon and Blue Tit.
Plums are high in carbohydrates but low in fat and calories. They contain vitamins A and C as well as iron, calcium and potassium. They are also a good source of fiber.
Here in the UK plums are in seasonfrom May till October but late summer is best.
Eat them fresh, dried (these are called prunes and the world's biggest producer of prunes is California), in jams and jellies, bakes in sweet or savoury dishes and even in Chinese plum sauce.
Plums can cause you to poo and it is a substance in the skin that causes this, so peel them firt if you don't want to dash to the loo! Prunes are very often used to treat constipation and keep your bowels regular.
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