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What to Cook During Plum’s Prime Season

Easy Plum Jam with Chia Seeds

I often think about my mother’s incredible Banbury Tarts, amazing shortbread-like, thumbprint cookies she would make for special occasions. They were filled with our favorite jam, my grandmother’s homemade plum jam. It was mostly fruit with very little added sugar. The plums were ripened on the tree and sweet enough on their own. For a no-guilt treat, try these kid-friendly Thumbprint Cookies or No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies filled with fruit-sweetened Easy Plum Jam with Chia Seeds.

Plums are delicious in beverages, appetizers, salads and desserts. They’re wonderful grilled, sautéed, poached, baked or broiled. For something different, swap them out for other stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, cherries and apricots in a variety of recipes. Here are some (plum-good) ideas and recipes.

Plums for breakfast? Yes! Here’s a nice variety:

Serve plumbs as an appetizer: 

Spinach Salad with Plums and Goat Cheese

If you’ve never tried plums in your salad, you’re in for a real treat:

  • Red Leaf Salad with Plums and Roasted Green Onion Dressing is a flavorful vegan salad.
  • Spinach Salad with Plums and Goat Cheese features Humboldt Fog Fresh Goat Cheese along with shallots and almonds.
  • Layer fresh or grilled sliced plums, feta cheese and thinly sliced red onion over baby arugula. Drizzle with Hazelnut Vinaigrette dressing.
  • Toss sliced fresh plums, slivered radicchio, baby field greens and Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing.
  • Add sliced or chopped plums to legume and whole gain salads with brown rice, kamut, wheat berries, quinoa, faro and barley. Toss the cooked grains with plums and a variety of salad veggies such as carrots, celery, radish and cucumber. Add seasonings and salad dressing. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Cherry-Lentil Salad is great when made with plums in place of cherries.

Plum Clafoutis

Plums make delicious desserts:

  • Layer plumbs with vanilla pudding.
  • Lightly sweeten and slightly mash chopped plums. Spoon over yogurt, frozen yogurt, ice cream, or non-dairy frozen dessert.
  • Try our Old-Fashioned Cobbler with plums.
  • If you love shortcake, make shortcakes with maple syrup, frozen yogurt and juicy, ripe plums.
  • French-inspired Plum Clafoutis is half cobber, half custard..
  • Bake a plum pie or crisp, or make this rustic tart with plums.
  • For something truly unique, poach plums in place of, or along with peaches in this Peaches Poached with Basil recipe. Serve with cookies.
  • Thrill your family or your company with a plum parfait.

How do you like to enjoy plums? Got an idea or a recipe? I’d love to know.