Fruit of the Week: Plum pt. 2

– Plums grown commercially in Ontario today belong to either Japanese or European types
– Red and yellow plums originate as Japanese types
– Blue plums originate as European types
– Ontario and British Columbia are the only two provinces in Canada that produce plums (and other tender fruits) on a large commercial scale
– The Niagara Peninsula (beneath the Escarpment) is the biggest and most significant plum-growing area in Ontario
– The Niagara Peninsula produces 80% of the plums grown in Ontario
– The counties of Essex and Kent are the second most important plum-growing areas in Ontario and also have the longest season
– The most popularly eaten yellow plums in Ontario are Early Goldens and Shiros, which are available between July and August
– Ontario’s most popularly eaten red plums are Burbank, Ozark Premier and Vanier, which are mainly available in August and September
– Blue plums are typically available until late October

Banana Plum Bread

Banana Plum Bread
Makes 1 9×13 inch cake

Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– 1/2 cup margarine, softened
– 2 eggs
– 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
– 1 cup plums, pitted and chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, mash the sugar and margarine together until creamy, and beat in the eggs. In a separate bowl, sift the flour with baking powder and baking soda. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture in thirds, alternating with the mashed bananas until the batter is smooth and well combined. Gently fold in the plums, and place the batter into the prepared baking dish.

3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 1 hour.

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