Plums vs. blueberries

Monday, August 3, 2009

So we all know how blueberries have long been the reigning king queen of the superfoods, right? One of those rare foods that is not only incredibly good for you because of its high levels of antioxidants - but delicious, too!

Well it seems the blueberry’s throne might be wobbling a little bit. New studies have shown that plums match or even exceed the blueberry in terms of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

What makes the plum an even better option is that while people rarely eat more than a few blueberries at a time – in cereal or a fruit salad – they will always eat a full plum. Or two. Or three. (But maybe that’s just me…..)

I love me some plums. I think they are my second favorite fruit – after the banana – so this was really good news for me. Plus they’re usually cheaper than blueberries. Or they were. I’m sure when word gets out about how plums have knocked blueberries off their high horse, the prices will start to go up. Funny how that works.

Oh, and don’t peel your plum….the skin is where all the good stuff is.

15 comments:

Lee said...

Blueberries are numero uno for me but I also love plums. One of my favorite snacks is a dried plum (ok a prune) with some lighted salted and roasted almonds (Trader Joe's). Yum. I picked up some fresh plums a couple days at the Farmers Market. Plums taste like summer.

Cyndi said...

Now that is some good news! I love plums but only like blueberries in muffin form.

Shelley said...

I agree about the price being better for plums...I'll have to pick some up!

Housewife Savant said...

It'd be so easy to live healthy if it was all about the fruit (and always in season, cuz you know I'm cheap.)
But then I'd hanker for some bread, or meat, and cookies...
Cake would be good...
And I LOVE potatoes... With butter, sour cream or gravy...
Gotta have dairy... I'm from Wisconsin and I love me some cheese...
Ooo... and bratwurst, sometimes with saurkraut...
Goodness, I've gained weight eating nothing but FRUIT?
Plums mostly. =)

Tammy Howard said...

I haven't eaten a plum in decades - ever since the unfortunate incident on my fifteenth birthday when I ate one too many plums and spent the majority of the evening - um - indisposed.

It's been a long time. Maybe it's time to give them another shot.

Fat[free]Me said...

Good news - I LOVE plums!

Patty said...

Good pint JB! I think the Blueberry Council, or whatever they call the group that markets blueberries, has done an excellent job in pushing them to the top of the "healthy food lists". They **are** healthy, but they are also very shipable when harvested less than ripe, so therefore very profitable.

We had some wild blackberries come up on our property. I was curious about the nutritional content and was suprised to see that they, like plums, and mulberries, also outshine blueberries.

Camevil said...

I heart plums and am excited because our local store is stacked to the hilt with these beauties. And the skin makes this fruit. Love the snap of the skin and then the soft juiciness of the inside fruit. mmmm.

Oh, and my niece tried a plum for the FIRST TIME last week (she's almost 18!). She thought she saw God.

Kimberley said...

Plums are delicious. I love all fruits, but they are in my top ten.

There is a farmer's market very close to where I live and work. I love the big piles of plums just begging me to buy them.

I love to cut them up and make a fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries and a squeeze of lime. Sweeten to taste and enjoy.

The Black Kitteh said...

Too funny that you write about plums and last night I bought for the very first time a plumcot, a hybrid of plums and apricots. The variety our grocery store had was green like a green apple. I tried it this morning and it was divine!

Loved the post!

Ree said...

Our store had about 10 different varieties of plums last week. I LOVE plum season.

Midwest Mommy said...

interesting! I did not know this.

BetteJo said...

I like plums way more than blueberries anyway. Unless you put the blueberries in some muffins, or pancakes . . .

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