Plum Recipes

Turn one of summer’s more humble fruits into dazzling salads, sauces, drinks, and sweet-tart desserts.

Neglected Plum No More

Photo: Anna Williams

Neglected Plum No More

Stone fruits of all sorts jumble the farm stands each summer, none more diverse than the puckery-sweet but curiously neglected plum. The plum ranges from inky purple to burnished gold in color. Its flesh may be anything from astringent to syrupy sweet—sometimes in the same single fruit—and its diversity makes it as versatile as, say, the apple. Yet we Americans mostly like our plums fresh and don’t cook them as often as we should. Check out these plum recipes to help you add the glorious plum to your go-to ingredient list this summer.

Fizzy Plum Bellini Recipe

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Fizzy Plum Bellini

Perfect for any summer cocktail hour, this Bellini remix is full of delicious, and tingly, flavor.

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Sweet & Sour Plum Quencher Recipe

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Sweet & Sour Plum Quencher

Kickback and unwind with a glassful of this quencher. We guarantee it will satisfy your craving—even if you didn’t know you were having one.

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Plum Kuchen Recipe

Photo: Anna Williams

Plum Kuchen

Almost any slightly firm plum will work in this lovely cake. In fact, we prefer a mix of black, red, and yellow fruit for contrasting flavor and color.

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Yellow Plum Salad Recipe

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Yellow Plum Salad

As gorgeous as it is delicious, this salad will become a summer staple. Serve it with grilled chicken, pork, steaks, or seafood. Look for the Mirabelle or other golden-fleshed plums.

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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Plum Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Plum Barbecue Sauce

Asian spices give this barbecue sauce a complex flavor, which enhances the sweet-tart flavor of the plums. Once it’s cooked, set aside 2-1/2 cups sauce to serve with the pork, and use remaining to baste as it cooks.

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Stone Fruit Cobbler Recipe

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Stone Fruit Cobbler

Tender and buttery, this cobbler’s crust is a nice foil for the intense filling. You can bake in any 2-quart baking dish, from round to rectangular. For a special treat (and an extra 55 calories and half a gram of saturated fat), top with a small scoop of vanilla low-fat ice cream.

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Basil Plum Granita Recipe

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Basil Plum Granita

Although complex black plums, with their winey flavor, taste and look spectacular in this refreshing granita, you can use most any variety.

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Open-Faced Prosciutto and Plum Sandwiches

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Open-Faced Prosciutto and Plum Sandwiches

Sweet fig preserves balance the tartness of the plums. Choose red or purple plums with bright, unblemished skin that are firm and plump to the touch.

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Honey Glazed Plums with Almonds and Crème Fraîche

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Honey Glazed Plums with Almonds and Crème Fraîche

Honey helps the stone fruit caramelize lusciously on the grill, while crème fraîche adds the perfect tangy counterpoint.

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