Ingredient Spotlight: Sour Green Plums
At the farmers’ market last week, we overheard someone complain rather sharply that a vendor was selling “unripe plums.” By the time we turned around he was gone, doomed to miss out on the true delicacy of sour plums. While it is true that these cherry-sized fruits are unripe, in the case of green plums that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Young, sour plums have traditionally been enjoyed in the Middle East and Asia, where they may be eaten raw or preserved. They’re known as goje sabz in Iran, jarareng in Lebanon, erik in Turkey, mei in China, and ume in Japan. Although these are not all the same variety of plum, they may be used in similar ways.
Have you had sour green plums? How do you like to eat them?
(Images: Emily Ho)