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How To Tell If Plums Are Ripe

Updated on November 27, 2013
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The plum is a delicious and juicy fruit that is so popular it is the second most popular fruit in the world after apples. While a ripe plum is sweet, juicy, and delicious, an unripe plum is tart, hard, and not particularly tasty. Before biting into a plum, it's important to know that it is ripe so that you can enjoy this healthy snack.

How To Tell If Plums Are Ripe

Look
Good quality plums will feature a rich color and may still have a slight whitish "bloom" which shows that they have not been over-handled. A good plum should not have any punctures, bruises or signs of decay.

Touch
Ripe plums are soft to the touch. If you press down lightly on a plum with your finger and the finger can press down on the skin, the plum is ripe. If the plum's skin remains firm and solid, it likely isn't ripe. However, if a plum is very soft, it is overripe and may not taste as delicious as it should.

Smell
Ripe plums give off a sweet plum aroma.

Ripen
Like many fruits, plums continue to ripen after they are picked. You can purchase plums that are firm and let them ripen at home. You should still avoid plums that are excessively hard, they will be immature and will probably not develop into a flavorful plum. Unripe plums can be left at room temperature. Remember that plums tends to mature quickly, so you should check on them in a day or two to ensure that they do not become overripe. Once a plum is ripe it can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Plums can also be frozen but you should remove their stone pits before placing them in the freezer to ensure maximum flavor.

© 2013 Maya Frances

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