~ Early September
Italian plums are most commonly dried for prunes. However, this hard-working gem has many other uses. They are excellent for eating fresh and also make wonderful jams and preserves. Their powdery purple surface gives way to an amber flesh underneath. Used in meal preparation, these make a beautiful centerpiece for a colorful sweet or savory dish and when cooked, the flesh turns fuchsia pink. Try pairing them with sweet flavors like vanilla, nutmeg, tropical fruits, chocolate, butter and cream. Pairings include mild fresh cheeses such as gruyere and ricotta, herbs such as arugula, citrus, chilies, fennel and basil, bacon, and grilled shellfish.