The Lobster mushroom is actually a parasitic hybrid of the fluorescent red-orange fungal parasite, Hypomyces lactifluorum, and the brittle white mushroom, Russula brevipes.
Large Green Bell Peppers
Peppers are tender plants that thrive in warmer weather. Late summer and fall are best harvest times but they are grown and available year-round.
Italian Prune Plums
Inventory, 30 lbs : 0
This item was last sold on : 09/26/13
Italian "Prune" Plums AKA Empress plums, botanical name Prunica domestica, are a freestone fruit that are indeed the fruit that is responsible for prunes. Italian plums are considered a multi-purpose plum. Their ability to create a high concentration of fermentable sugars makes them the ideal candidate to create prunes. In addition to direct consumption, they are also a commercial fruit crop used for the processing industry of cheeses and distilled alcohols, including brandy and wine.
The Italian plum is a petit, egg-shaped fruit with a deep purple, often powdered blueberry colored smooth thin skin and an amber lime green, tender firm and dense flesh full of rich, complex and appropriately confectionary sweet flavors that deepen as the fruit ripens. The fruit bears a large central inedible pit that is easily removed from the flesh. When cooked, the fruit's flesh turns fuchsia pink in color.
Although Italian plums are most often designated for drying to prune state, they are well suited for fresh eating, using as a dessert ingredient, processing into jam and preserve form and simply adding to sweet and savory salads. Complimentary sweet flavors include vanilla, nutmeg, tropical fruits, chocolate, butter and cream. Savory pairings include mild fresh cheeses such as chevre and ricotta, herbs such as arugula, citrus, chiles, fennel and basil, bacon, lamb and grilled seafood such as shrimp and scallops. Prunes can be paired with dates, fresh and dried figs, pistachios, ice cream, soaked in brandy, added to sauces and glazes for meats, paired with salad greens and fresh cheeses, and showcased in cakes, tarts and pastries. To store fresh Italian plums, refrigerate ripe fruit for up to one week. To store prunes, keep in an airtight container in cool, dry storage.
There are three different classifications of plums: Japanese, European and American. Italian plums are a Europen plum and native to the Mediterranean coastal regions of Italy. They thrive in arid climates where winter time temperatures are cool but not cold and the summer season is long, warm and dry. Though plums adapt to a wide variety of growing regions, growing seasons require minimal humidity and rainfall to prevent disease and encourage fruit development. Dried plums have ancient heritage, with origins in Western Asia in an area near the Caucasus Mountains bordering the Caspian Sea.
Recipes that include Italian Prune Plums. One is easiest, three is harder.
|San Diego Food Finds||Italian Plum Crisp|
|Lisa Pardo Kitchen||Prunes Soaked in Brandy|
|Food 52||Sausage and Italian Prune Plums Braised in Wine with Polenta|
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Norman's Farmer's Market
Near Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
About 6 days ago, 8/15/14
Santa Monica Farmers Market Near Santa Monica, California, United States
About 302 days ago, 10/23/13
Spotter's comments : Italian Prune Plums spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Frog Hollow Farms. Late summer variety.
Specialty Produce Near San Diego, California, United States
About 329 days ago, 9/26/13
Drug Mart independence Oh Near Westlake, Ohio, United States
About 359 days ago, 8/27/13
Spotter's comments : Italian Prune Plums spotted at Drug Mart independence Oh.
Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market Near Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan, United States
About 367 days ago, 8/19/13
Spotter's comments : Italian Prune Plums spotted at Vince & Joe's Gourmet Market.
Pioneer Square Farmers Market Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 379 days ago, 8/07/13
Spotter's comments : Too sweet to pass up! Magana Farms has Italian Prune Plums for $2!
North Park Produce Near San Diego, California, United States
About 531 days ago, 3/08/13
Spotter's comments : Delicious plums right now.