How to tell if a plum is ripe?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘how to tell if a plum is ripe’ with depth analysis of which safety measures to keep in mind when preparing it.

How to tell if a plum is ripe?


The color of the plum can also be used to determine whether it is rotten. Plums are dark purple when they’re fresh. It will be discolored and misshapen if it is rotten. Wrinkly skin is another sign that the fruit has passed its prime. Picking a plum with spots or mold is also a bad idea. Fruit that is rotten or bruised will not taste good and will be unsafe to eat.

Dark purple and firm plums are ideal. Wrinkly and wormy skin characterizes a ripe plum. It is probably not ripe if it has spots or mold on it. You can only tell if a plumb is bad by eating it. The plum will not be ripe enough to eat if it is soft.


Unripe plums are firm to the touch, similar to avocado. They soften over time, especially near the tip. That’s also when they start to smell. If the plums are extremely soft or even oozing juice, it’s time to toss them.

A plum that is fully ripe should be firm and juicy. It should be discarded if it has faded or other signs of spoilage. Any slimy plums with worms or larvae should be discarded as well. Fruit that is rotten or damaged should be discarded. After that, you have the option of cutting it in half, pitting it, or storing it separately.

Look for any signs of deterioration on the surface

Two examples are mold (especially near the stem) and withered skin. The latter does not indicate that the fruit is damaged, but rather that it is old and will not taste as good as a fresh plum.

Before eating, always cut the plum in half and remove the pit. You can ensure that the insides are bug-free this way. When it comes to plums, it’s never a good idea to eat the whole thing and then spit out the pit.

A dark purple color is another sign of a bad plum. A fresh plum should be dark purple in color. If the skin of a ripe, wrinkled plum is wrinkled, it’s probably not fresh. Smooth and free of mold and spots, the rind should be. It is not safe to eat a plum with mold or spots on the skin.


The smell of a rotten or evil plum can easily be detected. It will have a chemical flavor and an unusual aftertaste. Molds or bacterial growth will also be present, indicating spoilage. A rotten plum will not taste as good as a fresh plum, but if it smells rotten, it will be sweeter.

How do you keep plums?

Unripe plums should be stored at room temperature until consumed. Allow them to ripen on the counter or in the cupboard (but not in direct sunlight). Please double-check them once or twice a day to see if they’re ready to go.

Keeping them in a plastic bag in the produce drawer is a popular method, but the most important thing is to keep them away from odorous foods.

Unripe and ripe plums should be kept separate in the refrigerator. Allow unripe plums to ripen on a counter or in the refrigerator. Make certain they aren’t in direct sunlight. Once or twice a day, check to see if they are ripe. Keep them away from foods with strong odors.

Otherwise, your plums will absorb the smells from your refrigerator. Make sure your plums are clean before eating them.

How long do plums last when left outside?

Plums will keep in a pantry or cupboard for two to three days, depending on how ripe they are when purchased and how well they are stored once you have them.

Take some precautions to keep your plums from being damaged by direct sunlight or bugs that may be lurking in your kitchen.

Due to the fact that plums can only ripen outside of a refrigerator or freezer, unripe plums in the pantry can take one to three days to ripen.

How long can plums be stored in the fridge?

Refrigerating plums slows the ripening process and can extend their life by up to five days, roughly twice as long as they would if left out.

The refrigerator helps preserve plums by slowing down the chemical processes that cause them to ripen, but this can only be done for a limited amount of time.

It’s important to remember that putting unripe plums in the fridge will slow down the ripening process and cause the plums to become stiff and bitter.


In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘how to tell if a plum is ripe’ with depth analysis of which safety measures to keep in mind when preparing it.


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