Summer is officially upon us! What does that mean? While it may mean warmer weather, backyard BBQs, and maybe a trip to the beach, for us it means stone fruit season. Our favorite organic peaches, plums, and nectarines are starting to make their way to stores everywhere and we couldn’t be more excited!
So, in light of this news, let us ask you a question: Who has never eaten a plum? Our guess would be that there are very few who can make that claim. It’s no surprise considering how plums are a classic, fan-favorite. With their sweet and juicy flesh, alongside the perfect amount of tangy zest, plums are a one-of-a-kind fruit that keeps you coming back for more.
But are plums more than just a tasty piece of fruit?
Tiny Fruit, Big Benefits.
As with many fruits, plums provide fantastic nutritional health benefits. Although it may seem surprising, there’s more to these little guys than meets the eye, and they rack up quite the list of strengths:
Plums are a low-calorie fruit, with the average plum containing only thirty to forty-five calories. Guilt-free? We think yes.
They have a low glycemic index score. What does that mean? Basically, even though plums are so, so sweet, they don’t cause negative spikes in blood sugar levels. You get a delightfully sweet taste without the unfortunate side effects of sugar. Score!
Plums have fiber, so they’re a great, natural aid for problems with digestion, especially when consumed in their dried form as prunes.
Finally, plums are heart healthy and strengthen your heart because of the potassium they contain, which helps in lowering blood pressure.
Now, before you rush to the store to grab yourself some heart-healthy, guilt-free, happiness-inducing plums, let us tell you a bit more about why we love them.
Waste Not, Want Not.
Have you seen the list of foods you can make with plums? Plum pudding, plum jam, plum juice, plum sauce, plum cake, plum smoothie, plum bread, and our very own Baked Brie and Plums…the list is endless!
Our love of plums is rooted in that they are a tried-and-tested fruit that has stood the test of time and flourished across both cultures and generations. Of the countless plum recipes are out there, each has the power to highlight the fruit’s versatility. What’s so great about that? With plums, you can whip up a quick breakfast of them with some yogurt and granola, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, make yourself a loaf of plum bread.
Plums have a talent and are able to mold themselves to fit the needs of any situation. With such variety it becomes much more difficult to waste plums, wouldn’t you say? Browse our board on Pinterest for more plum inspiration!
We Love Plums. Kids Love Plums.
So, sure, plums are healthy. And versatile. But so are onions. And tomatoes. What makes them so different?
The difference is: kids love them. They’re sweet, juicy, and the perfect size for your kiddo’s hand to hold. Not to mention, because plums are so healthy, they’re a great, practical way for kids to get the nutrients they need in their diet. Throw them on top of a salad so that you and your kids can get your daily fruits and veggies, mix them in some yogurt for a quick breakfast, or just have them around as an easy snack.
Regardless, they’re a handy fruit because they’re flexible, nutritious, and also something that you and your kids will both enjoy. The pull of plums is pretty hard to resist. They’re healthy, yes, but they’re also versatile in their usages, adaptable to your needs, and something your kids will love as much as you do.
What do you think? Are plums a favorite of yours? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and see the recipe we have attached below for a delicious and simple plum dessert you can try!
- 7-8 sheets of Filo Dough, thawed
- 1-2 fresh Organic Plums, sliced thin
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp of butter, melted
- 1 Brie round
- Sea Salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
- Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium-sized bowl, place sliced plum pieces. Sprinkle with brown sugar, lemon juice, sea salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well until the plums are coated.
- Roll out filo dough and brush top layer with melted butter. Place brie round on top of buttered filo dough. Layer plum mixture on top of brie and begin to wrap brie/plums with the filo dough.
- Brush the edges of the filo dough with more butter in order to get them to stick together. Do this until the cheese and plums are wrapped completely. Brush with additional butter until the dough is well coated.
- Place wrapped brie on a lighted greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the filo dough has lightly browned. Serve hot with crackers or bread.