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How to buy good plums

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Availability: June through September.

Buying Tips: A plum’s sweetness does not increase as the fruit softens, so be sure to purchase ripe fruit. Its color is determined by the variety. Plums should be plump and evenly colored and yield to gentle pressure. If the powdery bloom is still on the skin, it’s a sign they haven’t been overhandled. Avoid hard, shriveled or cracked plums.

To Store: Refrigerate ripe plums and use within five days.

To Prepare: Wash plums, then cut into each center to remove the pit, if desired. For serving, slice or cut up the fruit, with or without the skin. When cooked, the amount of sugar needed will depend on the variety.

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