Be a Plum Bum!

Care of Amy Symington There is absolutely nothing like sinking your teeth into a perfectly ripe, sweet and succulent plum; the syrupy tart juice dribbling down your cheeks and all over your hands. It is inevitably messy business, but more than worth the sticky clean-up. Before they become the most flawless looking, shiny, smooth and miniature sized rear ends, they are perfectly picked from small plum trees or shrubs anywhere from the month of May up until September, depending upon where you are located in the world. Prunus domestica, its well suited Latin name literally means “plum tree of the house” as it was one of the first fruits to become domesticated. The stone fruit is spawn from the beautiful, but somewhat thorny pinkish white flowers formed by the tree in early spring.  A spectral of colours from white to green to yellow to red to the most popular bluish purple are available for edible appreciating. Well known for its high dietary fibre content and natural laxative effects, the plum, or prune in its dried form, is also rich in potassium, fluoride and iron.  It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin K and a very good… Read More

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Plum Streusel Muffins

Care of Amy Symington Makes 18 small muffins Ingredients Dry 3 cups wholewheat or spelt flour 1/4 cup of ground flax seed 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1.5 tsp baking soda 0.5 tsp salt Wet 2/3 cup oil 1/2 cup maple syrup 3/4 cup water 1 cup bananas, mashed (approximately 3 bananas) 2 tsp vanilla extract Garnish 3 cups red plums, sliced 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped Streusel Topping 1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour 1/4 cup maple syrup, date syrup or agave 1/4 cup oil 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a small mixing bowl combine all wet ingredients. Add the wet to the dry and thoroughly mix. Add garnish ingredients and fully incorporate. In a small bowl mix streusel topping. Set aside. Evenly distribute muffin mix into muffin trays that have been lined with muffin wrappers. Top with Streusel topping and any leftover plum. Place in a 180F oven for 25 minutes. Test to see if ready by inserting a toothpick into the muffins. Eat or store in an air tight container!… Read More

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