Plums are a sweet summertime treat. The fruit is often used in baking and can be used to make jam, juice, and wine. Dried plums are called prunes and are also a delicious snack. But did you know that plums can be pickled? Check out more pleasant plum facts.

  1. Plums are the second most cultivated fruit in the world.
  2. The fruit is grown on every continent except Antarctica.
  3. Plums grow best in temperate areas.
  4. The fruit can grow in many colors such as purple, reddish purple, yellow, red, green, or white.
  5. The fruit grows on trees.
  6. Some trees can reach 20 to 33 feet tall.
  7. The trees blossom at different times in different places across the globe. In the United Kingdom, the trees blossom in early April. In Taiwan, the trees blossom in January.
  8. The European plum originated around 2,000 years ago near the Caspian Sea.
  9. The Japanese plum was first grown in China thousands of years ago. It was then developed in Japan and introduced to the rest of the world.
  10. It is unknown how many species of plum exist. Some say there are 19 species while others say there are 40 species.
  11. The most common varieties of plum are the Damson, Greengage, Yellowgage, Victoria plum, Satsuma plum, and Mirabelle plum.
  12. Mirabelle plums are grown in France.
  13. A large amount of the Damson plum is grown in Hungary.
  14. Plums are in season from May to early October.
  15. All parts of the fruit, except for the pit, are edible.
  16. The fruit is soften once picked.
  17. The fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  18. Plums are related to apricots, peaches, apples, cherries, raspberries, pears, almonds, and strawberries.
  19. The color “plum” is named after the fruit.
  20. Plums symbolize good fortune in Chinese culture.

 

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