Plums – Facts for Fancy Fruit


What??? Yes, thanks to the Return Bloom Fund and the Meigs Farm Team, we have a small planting of three varieties of plum: Early Shiro, Green Gage, and Ruby Queen. Did you know in Australia, some varieties are retailing at $15.90AU per kilogram (or $7.22 per pound)? Most Midwesterners only know those hard, tasteless things disguised as plums, hailing from California, and delivering only disappointment. Fresh plums not only taste good, but are good for you, regardless of variety—they are high in fiber and antioxidants. And let us not forget, plums are a principle component in ‘a warrior’s drink’. “NuqDaq ‘oH puchpa’’e’?” Although these plums will be used to study brown rot (Fig. 3), I hope I can convince a few of you that planting plums isn’t just good for the soul, but the bottom line.

Fig. 3. Brown rot of plum. Photo by Steve Goodwin.

Fig. 3. Brown rot of plum. Photo by Steve Goodwin.

Live long and prosper!

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