Friday, October 14, 2011
Do You Like Plums?
I feel shy to admit that this is my first time to taste fresh plums. I went to my favorite fruit stand a couple of days ago and was looking for some rare fruits until I saw these tiny red fruits that resemble the appearance of small Washington apples. I asked the seller as what actually those packed fruits are and she replied "plums". I gave her a strange look. On my mind, I was trying to figure out what is a plum? I've never seen a fresh one. Although I could recall that I used to eat prunes in the Philippines as these are plenty in the Duty Free Shops. Someone told me before that it's good for the heart which prompted me to buy some for my Mom. Only then, I realized that the fruits in front of me are actually where prunes came from. Prunes are dried plums. I shook my head after realizing it. "So stupid of me", I whispered to myself (lol).
Note : Plums on the photo were just taken out of the fridge
Not until I stayed in Cambodia and Vietnam did I exposed myself to all the varieties of fruits. This is what I enjoy here most. Lots and lots of fruits readily available everyday. Let's try to be educational, a bit....
I consulted wikipedia about plum and here's what I've got:
A plum or gage is a stone fruit tree in the genus Prunus, subgenus Prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera (peaches, cherries, bird cherries, etc.) in the shoots having a terminal bud and solitary side buds (not clustered), the flowers in groups of one to five together on short stems, and the fruit having a groove running down one side and a smooth stone.
Mature plum fruit may have a dusty-white coating that gives them a glaucous appearance; this is easily rubbed off. This is an epicuticular wax coating and is known as "wax bloom". Dried plum fruits are called dried plums or prunes, although prunes are a distinct type of plum, and may have antedated the fruits now commonly known as plums.
When I got back to my room, I was excited to take and taste one, well...it's not so tasty same like the other fruits I tried but it's juicy and considered good.
But after I learned that plum is rich in Vitamin A which is good for the eyes, I started eating one after the other day by day. I badly needed Vitamin A. My eyes are working hard each day and they deserved a treat. Fresh plums are also a good source of Vitamin C which is also a powerful anti oxidant. Plums are rich in minerals like potassium, fluoride and iron. Health benefiting compounds present in the plum fruits are dietary fiber, sorbitol, and isatin. These aid in the smooth functioning of our digestive system and is good for constipation.
But wait...my readings led me to discover that plums must be taken with safety precautions as plums contain oxalic acid which may cystalize oxalate stones in the urinary tract therefore eating plums is not advisable for those who are having oxalate urinary tract stones.
That's why I always research on the fruits and foods that I normally eat. This helps me to understand better and take the necessary precautions, if any.
source : www.nutrition-and-you.com and Wikipedia
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