a whole plum with plum slice next to it

How to select

Choose round, smooth plums free of bruises or soft spots.

How to prepare

  • Rinse the plum under running water and pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. 
  • Using a knife, cut the plum in half all the way to the pit by going along the "seam". 
  • Twist each half in different directions to separate each half. Remove the pit. 
  • Some plums require cutting the fruit away from the pit with a knife.

How to store

Ripen plums in a paper bag at room temperature. Ripe plums can be stored in the refrigerator.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Cut dried plums (prunes) and put them in a trail mix. 
  • Fresh plums are perfect for picnics - just grab and go.
  • Add fresh or dried plums to a salad.

Fun facts

  • Ripe plums range in size from a cherry to a baseball. 
  • In 1905, monkeys were used to harvest plums during a labor shortage in California. 
  • Plums are related to peaches and apricots.

Nutrition info and facts

Plums are a good source of vitamin A, which promotes healthy eyes. Plums are naturally cholesterol-free. Dried plums (prunes) are known for their laxative effect and are used to treat constipation.

1 plum = 30 calories, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 5% daily vitamin A, 10% daily vitamin C, 5% daily vitamin K, 3% daily potassium

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Have a Plant. Plums.

Healthline. 7 Health benefits of plums and prunes. February 13, 2023.

Mavis Butterfield: One Hundred Dollars a Month. 10 Fun facts about plums! July 5, 2019.