We love plums! In all its varieties with its colors, textures and succulent flavors. But in addition to enchanting our palate, plum is a low-calorie "super food" that does not raise blood glucose levels, which lacks saturated fat and is full of minerals and vitamins.

Some plum trees produce fruit and others do not. (Interestingly, those that produce fruit develop small white flowers, while those that are only ornamental have groups of pink flowers.)

The two most common varieties of those that bear fruit are the European "clingstone", good for eating fresh or in sauces, jams or juices; and Oriental, a type of “freestone” with good fruits to eat fresh, dried and canned.

Food and Nutrition

Plum is an important source of vitamins and other nutrients with healthy effects. Thanks to its vitamin C content, it prevents several types of cancer.

Prunes are very energetic and rich in fiber so they are recommended for athletes and as laxatives.

Benefits of Plums for Health

  1. Relieving constipation : It is excellent for relieving constipation and digestive problems . It is rich in fiber, sorbitol and isatin.
  2. Protect your heart : a medium fresh plum contains 113 mg of potassium that helps control blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.
  3. Protects against cancer and cell damage : the reddish blue pigment of some varieties, anthocyanin, neutralizes harmful free radicals.
  4. Prevents Diabetes : With a low glycemic index, plums help control blood sugar and prevent the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
  5. It is low in calories : it is highly recommended in hypocaloric diets, since a small plum only contributes 30 calories.
  6. Prevents brain deterioration : it has been shown that its antioxidants can slow the development of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the anthocyanins and the quercetin it contains could prevent the degradation of brain cells.
  7. Prevents anemia : they help increase iron absorption, which may be due to the fact that they are a good source of vitamin C.
  8. Improves the health of eyesight, skin and mucous membranes , because of its vitamin A and beta-carotene content.

And this might be the reason that companies gave 1,500 Pounds of Plums to Boise Rescue Mission.

Published by Eric Foley