Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Plums (ripe and unripe)

During my recent visit to Ooty I haven’t seen anyone selling plums or popularly called as Ooty apple, which is one of my favorite fruit of sweet and sometime sour. Later I heard this year the season failed to produce much plum, which has been demand on market. Last year when I vacationing in Kodaikanal at this time, I got to see plums tree in the cottage we stayed and the fruits were quite unripe to pluck and eat.  The only thing I could do was to make a picture out of it.

Unripe Plums
The unripe plums have tight, shiny skin and are green or very light in color, but as they ripen the skin becomes less taught, slightly thicker and the fruit becomes pliable when pressed. A Good plum feels heavy for its size and free of bruises and large dark spots.

Plums are an important temperate fruits which is used both as fresh and in preserved form. Among the two types of plum (European and Japanese) introduce in India during 1870 in Himachal Pradesh, only Japanese plum has been recommended for commercial cultivation. Apart the Himalayan ranges - the primary producers of plums, the Nilgiris of south India also grows plums on a limited basis. Though India is not a market for temperate fruit, the country grows approximately 12 varieties from the Prunus Salicina species.

The Plum season is ranged from late April through June.


Optimistic Existentialist said...

This brought back memories for me. When I was little we had a plum tree that I used to play on for hours. I used to pick them and feed them to a pet turtle I used to have LOL. Good times.

Simran said...

I never had plum because they are't available at our side. It looks so fresh and yum! :)

Anonymous said...

Mmmm... delicious!

TexWisGirl said...

we had a plum tree on the farm where i grew up. i do not like their fleshy texture. :)

Pooja Mittal said...

No plums for ooty , that's bad
But they are easily avaliable in delhi
Keep in touch

Anonymous said...

I remember my old room mate bringing these delicious fruits from her home
She lives in Idukki, Kerala..there are lot of plum trees there because of the cold climate..
love your blog posts..Have a great day!

Rajesh said...

I would love to have them.

Destination Infinity said...

For some reason, plums are not among my favorite fruits. It's sweet and sour. Maybe if it's fresher, it may taste better. I think it's also over-priced, here.

Destination Infinity

Sandhya said...

Somehow I never liked this fruit, maybe because most of the time I tried to taste, it was sour!

The plum tree is beautiful!

George said...

It's too bad about this year's crop failure for plums. You did get a good picture last year of the plum tree. I enjoy plums very much.

Betsy Adams said...

We get plums here --but I'm not sure they are the same as yours. They are good though.

I grew up with a green apple tree in my yard... I LOVED the unripe apples --which were VERY sour.... Not sure what kind of apples they were --but the only ones that are similar that I can get these days are the ones called Granny Smith.


Indrani said...

Wow! You can pickle them. :)

Ponniyinselvan/karthikeyan said...

unripe plums look beautiful.
karthik amma

Aditi said...

I love the sweet tangy taste of plums...I think I should see them in the market soon!

Ankita said...

i love fruits and trees laden with fruits!