16 Recipes That Make Even Imperfect Plums Shine

August  8, 2016

It is easy to underestimate plums—especially if you've been disappointed by watery or wan ones before. But when you get good ones, they're so good, and the sweet rootiness, the prickly tartness of perfect plums comes shining out.

Luckily, plums tend to come in gluts, which means you can eat as many as you can bear and then turn the rest into breakfast or dessert or nearly anything, sweet or savory, in between. Here are 16 of our favorite ways to cook with them:

How do you cook with plums? Do you like them on the sweeter end or the savory one? Tell us in the comments.

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Christina B. August 8, 2016
The best jam I've ever tasted is made with plums, sugar, a little lemon juice, and just a pinch of cinnamon and a drop of almond extract. The whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts!
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Caroline L. August 8, 2016
This sounds perfect. I've been meaning to make a batch of jam this summer and this might be the one!