Add Them to a Salad
Japanese plums, such as the fantastically popular Santa Rosa variety, can add a touch of elegance to simple salads. Even though plums are considered a summer fruit, we like using winter greens like spinach, kale, and arugula to get a greater balance of textures. Top with almonds and a creamy, tart cheese like goat and feta for an easy treat.
- Pro Tip: Learn more about the differences between Japanese and European plums in “East Vs. West.”
Share A Spot of Tea
For any anglophiles who visit your restaurant, incorporating European plums into tea will seem like an irresistible offer. Instead of trying to create your own plum tea, we prefer to poach our fruit and then use the leftover plum-infused liquid in place of simple syrup! This technique is an excellent way to limit waste, as it ensures that nothing gets tossed down the drain. When selecting your tea, stick with a bold black tea like English breakfast to keep your drink from becoming overly sweet.
- Pro Tip: If you want a sweeter syrup, reach for the Mirabelle variety!
Throw On the Grill
Honey-glazed grilled plums are fantastic on their own, but here at Colorful Plates, we like to push the envelope. Instead of serving them as-is, try adding grilled plums to a cheeseburger or grilled cheese sandwich! Stay away from standard cheddar cheese though; using a creamy, buttery cheese like Brie or Camembert will net you a richer finished product.
Bring Some to Breakfast
Parfaits are one of the all time greatest quick breakfast items, but simply adding strawberries or blueberries to greek yogurt can get old fast. For a stone-fruit centric twist, we’d recommend adding roasted plums or a plum compote to your next parfait! You don’t have to stop there either; for a boozy breakfast, try tossing a bit of plum wine or plum liqueur into a mimosa! This will add a deep purple color and juicy flavor to your dish while still retaining classic “mimosa” elements.