Wednesday, February 13, 2013

June Plum Season Is Here: South Fla. Style

It is June plum season in South Florida. Don't start thinking of dark purple, stone fruit because these plums are in the same family as mangoes, cashews, and poison ivy. And at full ripeness they smell like and taste like mangoes mixed with a bit of curry.
Florida grown June plum
The only characteristic they share with their purple cousins is a pit in the center although theirs is bit more branched and fibrous. For those interested the June plum's botanic name is Spondias dulcis and they are a member of the Anacardiaceae family.

Jamaicans like to take green fruit, mash the pulp, mix it with ginger and sugar and add it to water for a refreshing drink.

I bought mine at the Saturday morning Wellington Green Market from a man selling Chinese food. He and his wife have a tropical tree company in Loxahatchee.

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