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                                 Info Plum
 
 Recipe By     : Fast and Healthy, July/Aug 1997
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Eat-Lf Mailing List              Fruits
                 Info/How To
 
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 Kitchen Tips:
 
 To peel plums, first drop them in boiling water for 30 seconds. The skin
 will then peel away easily.
 
 One pound of plums (four to five of the larger Japanese varieties or 12 to
 15 of the smaller European varieites) yields from 1 1/2 - 2 C of chopped
 fruit.
 
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 8 ways to use plums:
 
 1.  Bake plums in a pie
 2.  Trade plums for apples in a crisp
 3.  Buy a flat of plums and make jam or jelly
 4.  Use plums in your homemade chutney
 5. Make plum sauce to serve with pork and duck
 6. Make a sweet-hot salsa with plums, bell peppers, onions, jalapeno chiles
 and cilantro
 7. Cook plums with sugar, spices (cinnamon or ginger) and a little
 cornstarch for a delicious ice cream topping
 8. Cut plums and kiwi fruit into chunks.  Toss them with a small amount of
 lime juice concentrate and grated lime peel for a refreshing fruit salad.
 
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 Plum Facts:
 They are a good source of Vitamin C
 
 A plum has 25 - 60 calories, depending on the size
 
 The French word for plum is prune
 
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 Plum Guide:
 Selection:
 You'll find plums in supermarkets from May through October, with varieties
 changing by the month.  Most of the varieties sold in the United States are
 derived from the larger Japanese plums, grown in California. European
 varieties tend to be smaller.
 
 Buying:
 Choose plump fruit that’s firm but has a slight give.  The whitish dusting,
 called bloom, is a natural protector and not a sign of poor quality.  Avoid
 fruit that’s very soft, very hard or bruised.
 
 Storage:
 Allow plums to ripen in a loosely closed paper bag at room temp for several
 days.  Once they're ripe, refrigerate them, loosely wrapped.  Plums are
 easy to freeze.  Cut the fruit in half; remove the pits.  Sprinkle halves
 withpowdered ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to prevent browning.  Seal them in
 freezer-proof bags or containers for up to 10 months.
 
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 Plums/Prumes
 
 Not all plums have th epotential of becoming a prune.  Those varieties
 whose pits ferment before the drying process ends are not used for prunes.
 
 
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