Available from December to April.
Storage and Handling
Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
The Chinese were probably the first to cultivate the Japanese plum in ancient times.
- 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
- 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
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.