Cardinal Plums: in album fruit
|Aug 2nd, 2011, by Alex Zorach|
This photo shows cardinal plums for sale at the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. The plums were sold with a sign that read: "Summer time white sangria anyone? Try it, you'll thank us. Nice balance of tart n' sweet, weighing a little on the tart side."
Honestly, I'm not sure if this sign was really that accurate. After tasting these plums, I actually found them to be quite sweet, definitely more on the sweet side than an average plum. Like most plums, the skin was more sour than the flesh, but overall, I found them delightfully sweet and very good for eating, but tart enough that I enjoyed them a lot. In fact, these plums became a new favorite of mine once I tried them.
You can view a picture of a sliced cardinal plum that I bought from this batch. The flesh separates very easily from the pit, and although these plums are very juicy, they were easy to slice.
Also note the smaller, darker-purple plums on the right of this photo. These are a different variety with darker flesh.