Plums grow on short trees that can be domestic or wild. Wild plums are smaller then their domestic cousins but they can be found on the sides of roadways. Domestic plums can be grown in your yard and besides being a fruit tree they are very lovely especially when in bloom. The plum tree blooms in the spring in fragrant white blossoms.
Plums can be eaten right off of the tree. They are juicy and tasty when they are picked fresh and eaten raw. The shortness of the tree makes plums easier to pick then some other types of fruit.
Once plums are picked they can easily be frozen for later use. Cut the plums in half and take out the pit. Then place them in a plastic bag with a zip lock on it and place them in your freezer. Plums can be used many ways when frozen. You can pop a frozen plum in your mouth for a cool sweet treat. You can make your frozen plums into a pie by letter them thaw and then using a plum pie recipe.
Plums can be canned in jars for winter storage. They are canned much like peaches and taste great as a canned fruit treat. Canned plums taste very good on ice cream or yogurt. You can make jam with the plums and can them that way. Once you have plum jam you can use it to spread on toast and crackers.
Dried plums are great for snacking on. You can also use them in recipes like pie, sauce and jam. Dried plums are also a good snack to take camping or on an outdoor activity. A dried plum can be a quick snack and it is light in weight for easy packing and carrying.
My mom makes a plum cake where she puts cut up plums in the bottom of a pan and covers them with cake batter. Then she bakes it and creates a plum cake. She uses vanilla cake mix when she makes her plum cake.
Once a plum is picked it does not last very long like an apple can. A plum starts to ripen right away and then rot and mold. Plums need to be used in a few days after they have been picked. If you have more plums then you can eat fresh you will need to freeze or can them to preserve the plums for later use. You can not store plums like you can apples.