How To Choose A Plum

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Fresh plums are notoriously tough to gauge for ripeness. Because plums come in all shades, color won’t help you much. Avoid shriveled plums, but don’t shy away from rings around the stem end, as this can be a sign of high sugar in a plum. 
  
Unless you really trust the produce department, don’t buy soft plums from the store. Look for firm — but not hard — plums with just a little give. Bring them home and put them in a paper bag on the counter for a day or two to ripen. Then, store them in the icebox. 
  
That chalky white powder on plums is completely natural. It’s called the bloom, and its presence is a good sign that a plum hasn’t been handled too much from orchard to store.

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