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Lemon plums are a small variety with an unmistakable protruding end, reminiscent of the shape of a lemon. They share the same bright yellow coloring that later deepens to a reddish magenta, usually showing its first blushings of color at the characteristic rounded tip. Lemon Plums have a firm crisp texture that become quite soft and juicy if left to fully ripen. Their citrus themed moniker has no bearing on flavor, as they are not at all sour but pleasantly sweet with perhaps a touch of tangerine on the finish.
Lemon plums are available for a few short weeks in the early spring.
Lemon plums are botanically classified as Prunus salicina and are known for changing color as they mature, earning the nickname ‘Chameleon’ plum. They get their commercial name from their unique shape that is indeed similar to that of a lemon. Though rare outside of their native home of Chile, their international popularity is growing.
Lemon plums are high in vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, phosphate and dietary fiber. These nutrients are important for a strong immune system, a healthy digestive system, lowering cholesterol levels, and prevent the negative effects of free radicals.
Lemon plums can become quite soft when they are fully ripe and are then best eaten fresh, out-of-hand. When they are still yellow and their flesh is crisp and slightly acidic, they can better hold their texture in baking applications such as tarts and cakes. Add the sliced fruits to fresh salads and cheese plates or mix the plums into smoothies with berries and other seasonal fruits. Complimentary pairings include other stone fruits such as peaches, apricots and almonds, berries, vanilla, cream, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate and yogurt. Most Lemon plums sold outside of South America are under-ripe and should be left to ripen on the counter before eating.
Some believe the Lemon plum to be either the same or closely related to the Inca plum, a variety introduced by Luther Burbank of Santa Rosa, California in 1919. It is now protected by Slow Food USA under The Ark of Taste project as means to catalog and preserve heirloom foods threatened with extinction.
The Lemon plum was first bred in Israel. Varieties were later taken to Chile where the sweet plum is now primarily cultivated and exported. It is a relatively new variety to the United States, first showing up in American markets in 2010.
Recipes that include Lemon Plums. One is easiest, three is harder.
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WoodmansNear Monona, Wisconsin, United States
3817 Milwaukee St Madison WI 53714
About 203 days ago, 2/28/20
Sharer's comments : Chile grown
Dean's Produce - BroadwayNear Millbrae, California, United States
451 Broadway Millbrae CA 94030
About 209 days ago, 2/22/20
Sharer's comments : Beautiful.
Irvine Ranch Market
Irvine Ranch MarketNear Irvine-Mesa, California, United States
2651 Irvine Ave. Costa Mesa CA 92627
About 228 days ago, 2/03/20
Armen MarketNear Altadena, California, United States
1873 Allen Ave Pasadena CA 921104
About 231 days ago, 1/31/20
Green Valley Produce
Green Valley ProduceNear Castro Valley, California, United States
1975 B Street Hayward CA 94541
About 410 days ago, 8/04/19
People’s Community Food MarketNear Emeryville, California, United States
3105 San Pablo Ave Oakland CA 94608
About 411 days ago, 8/04/19
99 Ranch - Pierce StreetNear Albany, California, United States
3288 Pierce Street Richmond CA 94804
About 412 days ago, 8/03/19
Sharer's comments : Golden
Central Markets & Fisheries Organization S.A. / Farmers MarketNear Athens, Attiki, Greece
Tzon Kennenti, Agios Ioannis Rentis
About 521 days ago, 4/16/19
Sharer's comments : Yellow plums !
Nijiya Market Near San Diego, CA, United States
About 546 days ago, 3/22/19
Safeway Hickory Ridge Road Columbia MD 21044 Near Columbia, Maryland, United States
About 547 days ago, 3/21/19
Sharer's comments : Lemon Plums spotted at Safeway Hickory Ridge Road Columbia MD 21044.
Stew Leonards in Danbury Near Danbury, Connecticut, United States
About 555 days ago, 3/12/19
Sharer's comments : Lemon Plums spotted at Stew Leonards in Danbury.
Specialty ProduceNear San Diego, California, United States
1929 Hancock st San Diego CA 92110
About 560 days ago, 3/07/19
Sharer's comments : fresh!
VonsNear San Diego, California, United States
515 W Washington st San Diego CA 92103
About 561 days ago, 3/07/19
Sharer's comments : fresh lemon plums !