Plums are soft, round, smooth-skinned sweet fruit with a sweet flesh and sweet or tart skin. Plums are classified as stone fruits because they contain pits, or stones, inside. Other common stone fruits are nectarines, peaches, and pluots.
When selecting plums, look for plums that show good color for their variety with a slight firmness. Ripen at room temperature, then store in the refrigerator.
To remove the pit in plums, cut along the seam of the plum to the pit, then twist each half in opposing directions. Then, the pit can be cut out easily. Even though plums are mostly consumed fresh, they are delicious sautéed or baked as a side dish for poultry and pork.