Picking ripe produce can be difficult. Whether a fruit or a vegetable, each item has its own rules to tell whether or not it’s ripe and ready to eat. By failing to pick ripe produce you run the risk of either ruining the dish you are making or biting into something tart and bitter. Unfortunately, plums are no exception and must be consumed when the ripest for optimum flavor. If you’re unsure about how to tell when a plum is at its ripest, follow these three rules and you’ll be rewarded by this sweet, juicy fruit.
- Check the color. Most plums you would find at your local supermarket are of purple variety and should appear as a deep, even color.
- Smell the plum. A plum that is ripe should have a sweet, fruity smell. An unripe plum will have little to no smell.
- Feel the plum. When it is ripe, it should give slightly to a squeeze, and be semi-soft. It’s skin should appear smooth and free of bumps or wrinkles. It should also feel somewhat heavy in the palm of your hand.
Don’t worry if you have an abundance of unripened, hard plums. They can still be ripened by placing them in a brown paper bag at room temperature. Be sure to check in every now and then but they should be ripe by the two day mark. Unfortunately, they don’t sweeten anymore in that time or after they are picked off the tree, but now they are soft enough to eat and bake with.
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