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Posted Jul 30 2008 4:11pm

Plum_JulyR2.jpgThere are all different, shapes, sizes, and colors of plums to be tried. Ripe plums can range in texture from firm to slightly soft. They can range in flavor from deliciously sweet to tasty tart.

Plums can be pink, red, scarlet, purple, blue-black, green, yellow or amber skinned. Their flesh can be yellow, green, pink, red, orange or a rainbow of the five. Plums can be round, oval, or heart-shaped and can range in size from as small as a grape to nearly as large as an apple.

Plums can be eaten fresh out of hand as a snack or dessert. They also can be stewed or used in jellies, jams, sauces, puddings, and crisp, cobblers, cakes, and tarts. Plums can be poached or baked like pears and peaches. Some plums can be dried and served as prunes.

The first plums of the season are ready for harvest in mid summer and the last plums of the season are harvested nearly at the beginning of autumn.

There are more than 2,000 varieties of plums, some are pure bred, the majority are hybrids. Most plums can be traced to three important plum species: Japanese plums, American plums, and European plums.

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