Plums

Plums For Your Baby

Plums are another great fruit for baby that are best in the summer season. They are closely related to apricots and can be made into baby food from their dried form, prunes. There are dozens of varieties of plums and any will do for baby: black, red, green, purple and orange. Prunes are very sweet and also can be helpful if baby is constipated from all that rice cereal and bananas.

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When is baby ready?

6 months old

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Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Cut up in little bites. Depending on the state of your babies' teeth - you may have to peel them. If you would like to make prune baby food, it is easy to do. Buy pitted prunes, put in saucepan, and pour in water just to cover - simmer for 10-15 minutes and then puree or mash for baby.

How to store

Plums can be stored on the kitchen counter, at room temperature, and will ripen within a few days. You can refrigerate plums to slow down the ripening process.

Are there baby food jars?

Yes. Both plums and prunes can be found in baby food jars.

Should I buy organic?

Yes. These are thin skinned like peaches and nectarines so buy organic when possible.

Adult Recipe

We believe the best way to enjoy a plum is to find a good one and eat it. But, if you have too much fruit sitting on your counter then here is the fruit compote recipe adapted from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything".

Fruit Compote

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (optional)
1 1/2 pounds mixed ripe fruit: berries, pitted apricots, peaches, plums, cherries, peeled bananas, pears, etc.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a few tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix the sugar, water, and mint in a small saucepan and boil. Stir to dissolve sugar, if using mint then strain. Puree 1/2 of the fruit. Cut the rest into slices or pieces. Mix the puree with the fruit and add vanilla, sugar syrup, and lemon juice to taste.

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