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Plums color include yellow, green, red, purple, and indigo blue.  Sizes vary from 1 to 3 inches in diameter.  Depending on the variety, the flesh tastes sweet to tart.  All prunes are plums, but not all plums are prunes.  Plums are available from May through October, with peak supplies between July and September.

Choose firm plums that give slightly to palm pressure.  Avoid plums with cracks, soft spots or brown spots.  Ripen at room temperature, or put in a paper bag.  Ripe plums should be placed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Wash plums, cut in half and remove pit.