Saturday, February 18, 2012

THE SAGA OF THE LEMON PLUMS

The other day in the grocery store, I noticed something I'd never seen before.  The sign said they were Lemon Plums.


I told SWMBO about them and she suggested I buy a couple, if they weren't too expensive.  So I did.

As I went through the checkout line, my cashier said "these are delicious.  Have you had them before?"

I confessed I hadn't and she said they turn red as they ripen and become much sweeter.  She said they were pretty tart when they're yellow like the ones I purchased.

So we set out to ripen them.  The next picture was taken two days later and you can see the red beginning.



A day later, even more red in the skin.


Finally, today, SWMBO said they appeared to be dead ripe.


So the grand opening began.  I cut vertically all the way around a hard core and pried the sides open.


The fruit clings firmly to the nut in the center so it became a little messy.


I got the first taste and found it very moist with a delicate sweet taste.  I didn't get any flavor of lemon at all.

SWMBO said she was disappointed and thought the flavor was bland, not as strong or sweet as other types of plums.

Your opinions may vary.  Give Lemon Plums a try if you see them in your store.

I found from Wikipedia that they are a fairly rare fruit imported from Chile.  You can read more here.

8 comments:

  1. Never had one, but your photographs are beautiful and look like they should be in a food magazine.

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  2. Thank you Stephen but I fear my photography has a long way to go to reach that standard.

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  3. I've never had them but they do look delicious. I love the first shot best!

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  4. Never heard of them but they sure are pretty.

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  5. We have not seen these, but they do look inviting!

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  6. That is a new one for me. Nice shots. The new word verification is terrible. Can you go back to the old one.

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  7. If the taste is like your pictures then they should taste great, I will keep them in mind when I go shopping.

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