Plums are a relative of the peach, apricot and nectarine, with about 20 varieties readily available in the United States.
European-type plums are small, oval-shaped fruits with blue or purple skin and golden yellow flesh. The Japanese varieties are almost perfectly round with red-black or crimson skin and yellow or reddish flesh. Santa Rosa and Red Beaut are the most common Japanese varieties.
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Selecting and Storing Plums
Plums should be plump and deeply colored. Ripe plums yield to gentle pressure, and can be refrigerated for up to three days.