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Victoria Plums

The most popular plum in the UK is also one of the most attractive.

The most popular plum in the UK is also one of the most attractive. They are great eaten raw, but also have a lot of delicious culinary uses and beneficial nutrient levels.
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A cinnamon scented plum jam, a plum and preserved lemon chutney, a plum clafoutis and a plum and amaretti semifredo.
FACTS
  • The Victoria Plum has yellow flesh with a red/purple or mottled skin.
  • The flesh is quite rough and, in full development and maturity, is sweet and tasty.
  • As the name suggests, Victoria Plums date from the Victorian era but not much is known about its origins.
  • It was introduced in the 1840s and rapidly became a popular garden and commercial variety – a position it has maintained ever since.
  • Genus: Prunus and the species Prunus domestica. Family: Rosaceae.

WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD?

Vitamin C – 9.5mg/100g (16% RNI)

It is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body and especially in the immune system. It also aids in healing wounds and can repair tissues (like collagen) and ensure healthy gums. It is also present in high concentrations in the adrenal glands that help us deal with stress.

Vitamin A – 345IU/100g (11.5% RNI)

They are a moderate source of vitamin A and β–carotene that is essential for good eyesight. It also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin and it has been found to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Copper – 0.057mg/100g (6% RNI)

It is necessary for the proper growth, development and maintenance of bone, connective tissue, brain, heart and many other body organs. Together with iron, it enables the body to form red blood cells and supports immune function and may help prevent cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

Fibre – 1.4g mg/100g (3.5% RNI)

Certain health benefiting compounds present in plums, such as dietary fibre and sorbitol, have been found to help regulate and smooth digestive system functioning and thereby, help to relieve constipation problems.

Phytonutrients – various mg/100g (-)

It has health promoting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants such as lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin in significant amounts. These compounds help act as scavengers against free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. Zeaxanthin is absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV light-filtering functions.

Other nutrients – various mg/100g

They are modest sources of B vitamins such as B2, B6, and B5 that act as cofactors help the body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. They also provide about 5% RNI of vitamin-K that is essential for the functioning of clotting factors in the blood, as well helping bone metabolism, and may help limit the neuronal damage in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

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