Plums are a round fruit with a thin, smooth skin and small size. They can be oval to heart-shaped. Their skin can be red, purple, green, blue-black, yellow or amber, while their flesh comes in hues such as green, yellow, and pink and orange. They have a soft and juicy flesh, and a single large, hard seed. They are classified into six general varieties—Japanese, American, Damson, Ornamental, Wild and European/Garden—whose size, shape and colors vary. They are available throughout the year. They originated in Asia.
Choose plums with a slight whitish bloom, which indicates no over-handling. Select the ones that are firm. Avoid the soft plums with bruises. Avoid the ones that are excessively hard as they will be immature and will probably not develop a good taste and texture profile.
Plums are high in oxalate which may cause kidney and bladder stones.(3)
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