5 health benefits of plums, plus 4 mouth-watering plum recipes

I usually wait in anticipation at the arrival of delicious summer plums at the grocery store, and when they finally make their appearance my sights are set on that container of those tiny yellow Ontario plums. Sweet and tart all at the same time, these tasty suckers are what summer’s all about.

I’ve been munching on them for a few weeks now, and I’m delighted to learn about the health benefits of plums. Read on to find out how this delightful fruit packs a nutritional punch.

Little yellow plums are my favourite!

Little yellow plums are my favourite!

5 health benefits of plums
1. They’re a great source of vitamin C, helping your body fight infection, as well as increasing your iron absorption.

2. According to some studies, dried plums (prunes) may help restore bone mass, helping in the prevention of osteoporosis.

3. Both plums and prunes are known to be an effective natural laxative. This can be either good or bad – depending if you’re, er, backed up, or suffer because you ate a few too many.

4. Some studies have connected plums to cancer prevention, specifically breast, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract cancers.

5. They contain vitamin A and beta carotene – both good for your giving your eyesight.

Did you know?
• Plums are related to the peach, nectarine and almond
• China is the leading producer of plums
• There are over 2,000 varieties

4 delicious plum recipes
1. Lemon Plum Compote
2. Frosty Plum Sorbet
3. Plum Crumble
4. Honey Roasted Plums (from Joy the Baker)

Do you love plums? What’s your favourite way to eat them?