1.  Also called the gage, the plum is a stone fruit with a waxy coat that usually measures 1 to 3 inches in diameter.  Little guy, but powerful.   (Yummy plum cobbler can be made from a recipe at http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/plum_cobbler/.)

2.   While the color plum is in the purple family, the actual fruit comes in several other colors, depending upon its variety, including dark yellow (Mirabelle plum), green (greengage plum) and red (Satsuma plum).  (A yellow plum salad recipe is at http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/yellow-plum-salad-50400000113764/.)

3.  In the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, the second act opens with a song, “This Plum Is Too Ripe,” which serves as a metaphor for the discontent that can come with over-familiarity.  (Make a pear and plum jam with this recipe: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1723,156168-234195,00.html)

4.  In China, the world’s largest producer of plums, the plum blossom is traditionally seen as both a symbol of winter and of the coming of spring.  (Pretty heavy symbolic baggage for such a delicate looking blossom.)  (Plum soup?  Why not! http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/plum-soup/)

5.  Plum jerkum is a kind of plum wine native to the Worcestershire section of England.  (Presumably with no Worcestershire sauce, I hope.)  (Want to make some auld fashioned plum jerkum of your own?  Try http://www.plumjerkum.co.uk/5.html.)

6.  Plums are good sources of vitamins A, C and K, as well as beta carotene.  (A basil plum granita recipe is at http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/basil-plum-granita-50400000113767/)

7.  Need some copper in your diet?  A serving of plums provides 6% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of this mineral.  (Much better than swallowing old pennies.)  (Try a plum and almond tart – http://sheleykitchen.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/plum-and-almond-tart/)

8.  Plums are helpful in regulating the digestive system.  (Fruit – gotta love ‘em.) (Bake up some plum bread – http://www.food.com/recipe/Plum-Bread-33336)

9.  The pit of the plum is used to make prune kernel oil, which is used in gourmet cooking and also in some cosmetics.  (It’s a good emollient, doncha know.)  (Recipe for black beans with plums – http://www.justfruitrecipes.com/fru-plum0041.html.)

10.  Plum pudding is the traditional English Christmas pudding, created in medieval England under a Catholic Church mandate that it contain 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and the 12 disciples.  (Plum pudding recipe at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Christmas-Plum-Pudding/.)

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