Plums

8 Ways To Eat Plums

Prachi Joshi

Make the most of this delicious, juicy summer stone fruit.

Plums are in season right now and eating them fresh, with their tart juice bursting in your mouth, is the best way to go. However, if you’re looking for more interesting ways to enjoy this plump, drippy fruit, we have you covered.

Salad

Plums go great with salads by adding a tart juiciness and some texture as well. Add sliced plums to a spinach and basil salad to bring in some colour and sweetness. Dress with a basic orange vinaigrette for a healthy start to your lunch. For a more substantial salad, add them to a warm couscous and duck salad.

Cakes and tarts

Adding stone fruits to simple cakes, pies and crumbles gives them a delicious kick, not to mention a stunning look. Try baking a simple plum and almond cake or a lavish plum and mascarpone pie for your next party and watch your friends swoon with delight.

Sauce

Plum sauce is the classic accompaniment for a Chinese style roast duck. Alternatively, use it to make a glaze for roasted chicken legs. Plum sauce also makes for an excellent dip along with kebabs – try making tkemali, a spicy Georgian plum sauce made with under ripe fruit. Or make sweet-spicy plum chutney to serve with pork tenderloin.

Poached

For a simple but classy dessert, serve up poached plums with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Poaching plums is quite simple – just combine the fruit with sugar and water, throw in spices such as cinnamon & star anise, and bring to boil over medium heat. Stir gently till the sugar dissolves and then cover and cook for about 5 minutes. If the plums are very tart, add some honey to the poaching mix for extra sweetness.

Grilled

Yes, plums can be grilled! Simply brush them with some olive oil and grill till nicely charred. Add them to salads, or serve with lamb chops, or amp up a bowl of vanilla ice cream with them.

Caramelised

Make your breakfast of French toast particularly fancy by serving it with caramelised plums. Simply halve the plums and remove the stones. Place them cut side up on a roasting tray, dab a bit of butter on them, and sprinkle them with sugar. Roast at 200°C for 20-25 minutes till they are caramelised and the juices start running.

Drinks

Plums make great juices and smoothies, as well as some interesting cocktails. Peel, pit and slice plums, then blend them with some milk, yoghurt, and fresh or frozen blueberries to make an antioxidant-rich, power-packed breakfast. You can add plums to your pitcher of sangria or make plum syrup and add it to your iced tea. For a posh cocktail, puree the plums with sugar and water, put a few spoons of the puree in wine flutes and top with Prosecco or Champagne.

Frozen dessert

Poach plums and stir them into a semifreddo base to make a chilled dessert with a stunning pink marbled look. Alternatively, blend the poached plums with basil and freeze to make granita.