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Plums

Plums
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Availability

Available from January to March.

 

Storage and Handling

Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

The Chinese were probably the first to cultivate the Japanese plum in ancient times.

 

Facts

  • Plums are stone fruit (drupes) related to the cherry and are members of the rose family
  • There are hundreds of plum varieties; most varieties of plums are either Japanese or European
  • Prunes are dried European plums
  • Plums are a good laxative

 

Growing Facts

  • Good fruiting trees must be grown from rootstock and grafting  
  • They will not successfully produce fruit if grown from a seed/stone
  • Plum trees will produce good fruit after about four years
  • The fruit is picked by hand; this can be very time consuming as the fruit ripens at different times

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 2 plums - 100g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 285/68 285/68
Protein (g) 0.88 0.88
Fat, total (g) 0.56 0.56
- saturated (g) 0.037 0.037
Carbohydrate (g) 13.86 13.86
- sugars (g) 13.8 13.8
Dietary Fibre (g) 1.69 1.69
Sodium (mg) 3.6 3.6
Vitamin A Equiv. (µg) 69.64 69.64
Zinc (mg) 0.11 0.11
Vitamin E (mg) 0.82 0.82
Vitamin C (mg) 3.2 3.2
Niacin (mg) 0.8 0.8
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.06 0.06
Iron (mg) 0.41 0.41
Folate (µg) 5.0 5.0
Thiamin (mg) 0.01 0.01
Calcium (mg) 6.76 6.76
Riboflavin (mg) 0.01 0.01
Selenium (µg) 0.22 0.22
Potassium (mg) 191 191

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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