Plum Facts

Plum Facts

Plums, whose scientific name is Prunus domestica, are part of the genus Prunus. Like peaches and nectarines, plums are cnsidered "drupes," a term referring to the seeds that surround the hard stone put.

Prunes, which have gained a widespread reputation as a remedy for irregularity, are simply dried plums.

Like many other fruits, plums date all the way back to ancient times. They have endured over the centuries and continue to be enjoyed today by people all over the world not only for their unique flavor, but also for their nutritional value and many health benefits.

Plums are a very good source of vitamins A, C, and B2, and potassium. They are also packed with health promoting phytonutrients, including some that are unique to plums which, along with vitamins A and C, serve as powerful antioxidants.

Plums are also a great choice for dieters.These sweet, juicy, colorful fruits are a treat for the senses and equally satisfying as a dessert or between meal snack. Yet there are only 36 calories in a whole plum. Their high fiber content makes them surprisingly filling. so eating plums more often will keep you from craving high carbohydrate foods.

Varieties of Plums

If you are seeking more variety and color in your diet, plums are an excellent choice. Even in ancient times, more than 300 varieties of this fruit existed, and today the number is in the thousands, of which more than a hundred varieties can be found here in the U.S. You can choose from red, yellow, green, and purple plus. There are very few fruits that come in as many different sizes and colors as plums.