Believed to be one of the first fruits to be domesticated by humans, plums appear in cuisines spanning the globe. In Western cooking, they’re treated mainly as a sweet ingredient appearing in desserts or as a complement to pork or chicken. But plums can be used as a savory ingredient as well, like the Japanese pickled plum spread umeboshi or saladito, a salted plum treat from Mexico by way of China. Plums can serve beautifully in a variety of summer dishes.
If you’re excited about some new ways to use this summer favorite, check out these fifteen sweet and savory plum recipes.