The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Plum fun facts.

Plum Fun Facts: A plum is a fruit of the subgenus Prunus of the genus Prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera (peaches, cherries, bird cherries, etc.) in the shoots having a terminal bud and solitary side buds (not clustered), the flowers in groups of one to five together on short stems, and the fruit having a groove running down one side and a smooth stone.

  • Japanese plums originated in China and were introduced to Japan only 300 years ago.
  • The Japanese plum was introduced to the United States in 1870 and became very popular.
  • There are over 140 varieties of plums sold in the US.
  • February 12th is National Plum Pudding Day.
  • Plums are closely related to peaches, nectarines, and apricots.
  • Plums do not sweeten after being picked, but they will soften.
  • The plum is mentioned in the nursery rhyme “Little Jack Horner”.
  • Plums are eaten fresh, dried, canned, as juice, and jam/jelly.
  • Plum trees are grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Plum Fun Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed some plum fun facts in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Plums.

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