What is the cherry plum?

Cherry plum is the fruit of the cherry plum tree, a species belonging to the Rosaceae family. A native to the Caucasus and Central Asia, this plant was later brought in the United States mostly for ornamental purposes. Its fruits are like small plums and similar to cherries.


What are the nutritional properties of cherry plum?

The nutritional properties of cherry plum have not been characterized in detail as much as those of the fruits of the best known Prunus domestica (plums), of which just the cherry plum seems to be a progenitor.

In general, the fruits of the Prunus genus are characterized by a restricted caloric intake, especially in the form of carbohydrates (particularly simple sugars). They also provide a small percentage of protein and little fat.

Inside the fruits of Prunus you can also be found:

  • fibers
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • phytonutrients

In particular, cherry plums are rich in vitamin C , flavonoids and tannins.


When should you not eat cherry plum?

No conditions are established in which the consumption of cherry plum could interfere with medications or other substances. It is believed though that cherry plums can interfere with the action of certain antimicrobial (oxazolidinones) and diuretics. If in doubt it is best to ask for advice from your physician.


Seasonality of cherry plum

Between the months of May and June, cherry plums are full of fruits that can remain on the trees even to the end of October. The harvest period begins at the end of summer.


Possible benefits and drawbacks of cherry plum

Cherry plums are associated mainly with digestive, laxative, refreshing, cleansing and diuretic properties. But it seems that to achieve the greatest possible benefit it is better to eat them when they are not fully mature, and a little sour.

With these fruits, jams are often prepared. They are also used in Georgian cuisine to prepare typical tkemali sauce.