Looking for plum recipes? Try our ideas for plum cake for some autumnal baking (earl grey pound cake, and plum and almond sheet cake), our go for one of our fruity plum crumbles. We’ve got a recipe for plum jam as well as some great savoury dishes to try.
When are plums in season?
UK plum season starts in August and ends in October. Plums are at their best between August and September.
Why we love plums
A seasonal stone fruit, plums come in many different flavours and colours. They're sweet with a slightly sharp tang and work wonderfully in crumbles, pies and cakes, as well as salads, chutneys and other savoury dishes. When looking for ripeness, give them a gentle squeeze – they should have a little give and not be too hard.
Health benefits of plums
Plums are packed with antioxidants which help to protect the body against disease. They contain lots of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, which help to support a healthy heart. What's more, they contain polyphenols which may help to lower blood sugar levels.
Varieties of plums
Plums are a seasonal British fruit and there are hundreds of varieties grown across the country. Japanese plums, with their red hue, are the type you would typically find in the supermarket but don’t be afraid to branch out. Look for varieties such as Victoria (classic plum colour and widely grown), Marjorie’s Seedling (blue/black late season fruit) and Warwickshire Drooper (small, golden-yellow fruit).
Damsons are excellent for jam and gin due to their slightly bitter flavour, golden Mirabelles are sweet and juicy, and greengages can vary between tart and sweet, depending on how ripe they are.
How to cook plums
Plums are a really versatile fruit to cook with. Use to add a tart sweetness in classic puds like plum crumbles, tarts or cakes.
For a simple dessert, plums can be drizzled with honey and baked in the oven until soft or alternatively you can stew plums gently on top of the stove with a little sugar and water. The cooked plums can then be kept in then fridge and served with yogurt for breakfast or ice cream for dessert.
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Plums also go really well in savoury dishes and especially with Asian spices and rich meats like duck, lamb and pork belly. The tart flavour of the fruit cuts through the richness of the meat.
Best plum recipes
Use up a glut of plums to make this easy jam, great for using in sweet bakes or slathering on toast.
Squidgy plums are paired with crunchy pistachios in this impressive sweet tart. If you don’t fancy making your own, use a shop-bought block of shortcrust pastry.
You'll also love our apple and almond tart.
Make the most of seasonal plums by creating this rich plum sauce spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice to coat your dry-rubbed ribs.
Serve barbecue-style pork ribs next time you're entertaining.
If you haven’t tried adding couscous to a cake, now’s your chance. Similar to polenta, it adds a gentle bite and is a great addition to this vibrant plum cake.
Be inspired to get baking with our autumn cake recipes.
Simple, yes, but delicious, too! Cover your cinnamon-spiced plums with a topping made from porridge oats, hazelnuts, butter and flour, then serve with clotted cream.
Love a warming pud? See all our crumble recipes.
Transform your harvest of plums into a glorious preserve this autumn. Add a young fig leaf to infuse the mixture with a further figgy flavour, along with notes of coconut and almond.
If you like this, you'll love our rhubarb compote.
A classic spiced chutney to serve with cheese or cold cuts. The flavour gets mellower and deeper the longer it’s left, so give it at least a week before diving in.
Make the most of seasonal produce with our chutney recipes.
This plum and earl grey pound cake makes for the perfect afternoon treat with a cup of tea (earl grey, naturally). It's an easy recipe to make but it looks really good and tastes even better.
Whip up a refreshing treat with this twist on a traditional Italian granita flavoured with plum, ginger and sake.
Turn the humble plum into something special in just 20 minutes with this sweet, syrupy sauce.
The best use of sloe gin. Team with plums and make a layer cake with wow factor. It's sure to impress your friends, and best of all it's an easy recipe, too.
Serve six with this unbeatable homemade crumble featuring plums and quince. These mouth-watering crumbles are cooked slowly for nearly four hours. Serve it with lashings of good, vanilla custard.
Check out our simple recipe for juicy plums with sweet marsala wine and star anise. Topped with velvety chantilly cream, make this easy recipe for a midweek sweet treat.
Ice cream for breakfast? Yes please! A Dutch baby is like a giant, sweet yorkshire pudding and we've served this one with spiced plums.
Our sloe gin and plum crumble is a twist on a classic and much-loved British dessert. Pair with a scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream to really take advantage of the cinnamon and mixed spice notes.
This tart is an easy treat for teatime and even pudding if there’s any left. Plums stay naturally juicy and sweet when cooked, and give a lovely tang against the almonds.
Prep your oats the night before to make this quick and easy vegan breakfast for two. It may be low calorie but it'll leave you feeling satisfied and full until lunchtime.
With crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth duck served with rich plums, this recipe with star anise makes for a perfect Sunday roast.
Check out our pulled lamb recipe with a sweet plum-sriracha marinade. This lamb is slow cooked for six hours for the ultimate melt in the mouth meat – serve in the middle of the table for perfect sharing food.
Rosie Birkett's plum and sesame lamb cutlets are so good we put them on our cover. The delicious, sweet, sticky glaze with a kick of spicy sriracha works so well with lamb, and the spring onions add a crunch of freshness. They look fantastic and are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
If BBQ season is over that doesn't stop you recreating the chargrilled taste of the charcoals in your kitchen with this seared sriracha chicken.