Rancho Santa Fe foodies are undoubtedly gearing up for the January 1st kickoff of California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month. It’s a great time to pick up plums at one of San Diego County’s many farms, grocery stores and specialty retailers and experiment with some new, intense flavors. On top of that, our state’s dried and fresh plums happen to be very nutritious. So flavor won’t be all that our region’s families will be getting.
According to the California Dried Plums Board’s research, the delectable fruit contains disease fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and a whole lot of dietary fiber. That’s partially why they are part of Digestive Health Month events. Additional information about improving one’s digestive health with California grown foods may be obtained through any number of our region’s healthcare professionals.
So where are Rancho Santa Fe foodies finding California grown plums for their grand experiments? The extended list of locations includes, but isn’t confined to the following businesses:
- Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market (Rancho Santa Fe)
- Farm Stand West (Escondido)
- Seabreeze Organic Farm (San Diego)
- Eli’s Farms (Fallbrook)
- Grebar Farms (Ramona)
A more complete list may be found by visiting the San Diego County Farm Bureau’s website. It also contains a harvest calendar, which shows that fresh plums are in season from May until September. Dried plums, on the other hand, are available in our region year round. We’d suggest that Rancho Santa Fe foodies consider checking the local supermarkets’ shelves for them the next time that they’re out and about shopping.
Rancho Santa Fe foodies in need of a few good, dried plum recipes will find a wealth of them available through the afore mentioned, California Dried Plums Board’s website. Great choices for those Rancho Santa Fe families that want to introduce the kids’ to the tasty fruit are dried plum snack bars, packrat cookies, plumkins, plum raspberry cream brownie cups and chewy plum spiced cookies. They’d make wonderful lunch box additions when the kids return to school later in the month.