How to Enjoy a Plum



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An old song says "The best things in life are free.." and we tend to agree. One of the life's best simple pleasures is eating a ripe plum, fresh off the tree. This Instructable will teach you how to how to do just that! Try it out, it's not as complicated as it looks!

Step 1: Locate Plums

If you know of plum tree in your neighborhood, you may skip this step. Otherwise, locate plum tress in your neighborhood by going to Public Trees Map at the Neighborhood Fruit website. Put your zipcode and distance (ex. 94110 and 1) and search. Take note of the tree addresses and get ready for your adventure!

Step 2: Find a Ripe Plum Tree

Ride your bike to your destination. The easiest way to locate the tree is to look for fruit on the sidewalks! Plum trees start to bear fruit in late June. Once you spot the purple stains on the sidewalk, look up! Looking for ripe plums is like seeing fish underwater. You have to see without seeing.

Step 3: Pick the Tree

Because cherry plums are so small, it is often a good idea to line the picker basket with a plastic bag.

Step 4: Wipe and Bite

Take the darkest, lushest looking plum out of your basket, wipe it on your jeans and bite into it.

Step 5: Take a Second Bite

Take a second bite. Enjoy that divine tart sweetness!

Step 6: Pop the Whole Plum

If there is anything left by this point, finish it!

Step 7: Masticate!

Chew wildly!

Step 8: Remove the Pit

Remove the pit and save for planting/composting. Repeat as needed.

Step 9: (Optional) Register a Tree

Do you know of trees on public land that aren't showing up on the Public Tree Map? Please register it so that others can enjoy it too!



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    13 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great instructable. It's informative in ways difficult for the layperson to figure out on their own and not at all a self serving excuse to get some face time :) !

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    Thanks for your appreciation. Really after taking these incredibly unattractive photos, it seemed like the only thing to do with them. LOL!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    um who doesnt know hot to eat a plum. let me answer that you appartment owners that live in cities.

    Phil Dodd

    9 years ago on Introduction

    What a great thought for summer ! And by the way, have you ever broken into the pit or stone, and eaten the inside ? If not, you have a pleasant suprise in store ! A taste like nutmeg ! The nicest plums must surely include cherry plums. Sweet and red like cherries, but a plum. They're slow growers so have to be grown on a faster-growing rootstock such as Victoria plum. Great for making a sweet wine too. Be very careful if you plant a plum tree, though, as if you prune them in anything other than the coldest depths of winter, they think they're under attack, and sent out suckers all over the place. But plums - NICE ! A mouth-watering Instructible !


    9 years ago on Introduction


    Wished, we had public plum trees here! Fruits for free! Yummy! ;-)

    Did you ever think about checking the plums for worms?
    I don't just bite into the plum, I prefer to "twist" it open to check it.

    Put one half it between thumb, index finger and middle finger of your left hand (or thumb and index finger only) and grab the upper half with the respective fingers of the right hand) - the stem has to be lying flat - i.e. not pointing up or down. Now gently twist the fruit open. That should give you a good view on the inner parts of the plum - and any worm possibly living inside it - without destroying the fruit.

    Your plum gets mashed? Grab another one and try again. Sorry, but plum-time is over here where I live, so I can't do an I'ble to show you.

    Your plum was fine? Remove the stone (is it pit in English?), eat the sweet stuff and repeat as needed.

    It's not that I'm a vegetarian, I just like my food to be dead before I eat it ;-) .

    And don't forget:
    Keep on picking!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like a great resource! Thanks for sharing.