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  • How to Choose Plums
    Look for plump fruits with taut, evenly colored skin, which can range from yellow or green to bright red or blackish purple. Avoid fruits that are too soft or too hard, are cracked or blemished, or have brown discolorations (which indicate sunburn).

  • How to Store Plums
    Refrigerating plums before they’re ripe results in a mealy texture, so allow firm fruit to ripen at room temperature up to 2 days, until the flesh is soft and the skins develop a silvery, powdery coating. After that, store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

    How to Prepare Plums
    Remove the pit by slicing all the way around the fruit, starting at the stem end. Rotate each half and the pit should come free.

  • How to Use Plums
    Plums pair well with both sweet and savory foods and make an excellent accompaniment for cheese, chocolate, and dessert wines.

    —Melinda Page

    Real Simple Plum Recipes:

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