Plums are available May-September, but their peak months are July and August. The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet, some slightly more tart. All plums however have certain characteristics in common, with smooth, richly coloured skins and a hard central stone. Plums vary in hue from deep purple to red, yellow and green. The cloudy bloom on their skin is natural and isn't an indication of poor quality. All sweet dessert plums can be used for cooking, too.
How to Select
Fruit should yield to slight pressure. Avoid bruises, soft spots or cracks. As there are so many different varieties, colour isn't a useful guide to ripeness. Instead, look for smooth, unbruised skin with a chalky bloom, and firm flesh that gives a little when it's gently squeezed. If they feel soft in the point where the dimple meets the stem, they're overrripe. Avoid split, brown or shriveled examples.
How to Store
Unripe fruit can be stored in a paper bag until ripe.Once ripe, fruit should be used within 1-2 days
How to Prepare
Eat raw, add to a salad or salsa, grill or saute.