Plums – the healthy fruit in late summer

Plums – the healthy fruit in late summer
The plum tastes particularly good in late summer – in desserts, chutneys or as delicious jams, and the fruit is also perfect in sauces or as a filling. The plum is harvested in late August and on warm September days and can usually be enjoyed in plum cake or “Zwetschgendatschi” on warm autumn days.

The fruit is not only very tasty, it provides a healthy side effect and supports the body, especially with digestive problems. That’s why plums should not be missing in the Indian summer.

Plums – the healthy stone fruit

The blue stone fruit with the oval-elongated shape and the pointed core can have a positive effect on health and help with digestive problems. Plums are so healthy:

  • The healthy fruit for  constipation plums contain a particularly large amount of sorbitol (sugar alcohol) and the soluble dietary fiber pectin. Both have a digestive effect and help with constipation and indigestion. Prunes combined with plenty of water or prune juice in the morning help stimulate the intestinal wall and reduce indigestion.
  • Plums – the blue anti-inflammatory:  The plant pigments in plums, also known as flavonoids, can prevent inflammations such as osteoporosis or rheumatism. The secondary plant substances also have an antioxidant effect and can thus have a preventive effect against cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Immune booster in late summer and autumn:  the plum supplies the body with  vitamin C  and the trace element  zinc . Both support the immune system and can strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C binds free radicals and can reduce inflammation. Zinc can also support the body in wound healing. Plums or plum juice are a popular home remedy in autumn to naturally strengthen the immune system.
  • Bone, muscle and nerve friend:  Vitamins A, B, C and E as well as the important minerals  potassium , calcium and magnesium support muscle and nerve cells and can strengthen bones and blood vessels as well as cells.

The stone fruit is also a real autumn snack. With only 49 kilocalories per 100 grams, the plum is a sweet and sour variety.

Caution: Excessive consumption can also have a laxative effect and  cause diarrhea  , it is recommended not to eat more than 150 grams of plums per day.

Damson or plum? – That is the difference

Plums have an elongated shape and are usually smaller than plums, the flesh of the plum is firmer and is therefore perfect for cooking and baking. While plums usually have harvest time in late summer and autumn, plums are already ripe in summer. The plum is mostly roundish-oval, has a fruit seam and is sweeter, juicier and softer than the plum.

 

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