Autumn and particularly March is the best time of the year for plums. As the month draws to a close we are often disappointed with how the peaches and nectarines eat, however it is when the best eating plums come to market. Tegan Blues are a very good example of this. Western Australia grows some of the best plums and is generally a little behind the Eastern states time wise.
These Autumn plums don’t get the credit they deserve for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many people eat the early plums and are disappointed with the flavour and decide they don’t like plums. Secondly, most retailers don’t sell the fruit ripe enough and customers often sample them way before they are ripe. I take these beautiful plums home and leave them out of the fridge for 4 or 5 days until they are quite soft. Try them over the next few weeks, they are a real treat. This week, we have the Western Australian Tegans at a great price, and I will be recommending at least one variety of plums every week until after Easter.
HOW TO PICK
Select plums that are smooth, plump, and fairly firm with colour according to their variety.
HOW TO STORE
Keep out of the fridge until they are soft (for full flavour). Once soft you can keep in the fridge for days.