Are Plums a Stone Fruit? (EXPLAINED)

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Are Plums a Stone Fruit (Explained)

Plums are a tasty snack eaten fresh, and make excellent jam, but are even better known for being dried and transformed to prunes.

It is thought that plums, of the genus Prunus, may have been one of the very first fruits cultivated by humans.

But, let’s get back to the question at hand: are plums considered stone fruit?

Quick Answer: Yes, plums are considered stone fruit. Plums have thin skin that covers a meaty interior with a hard stone in its center.

Are Plum Stones Freestone or Clingstone?

Plum stones may be freestone or clingstone depending on the species of fruit. Many plums, similar to peaches, merely require a clean slice up the middle for the stone to dislodge and fall out on its own. 

That said, some plums have rather hard-to-remove stones that fleshy tends to cling to for dear life. If you plan on growing plums or buying them in bulk, it is always best to inquire if the species is freestone or clingstone.

Similar Stone Fruits

  • Prunes are the most similar stone fruit to plums because they ARE plums (just the dried version).
  • Cherries are quite similar to plums in that they are similar in color, and texture, as well as that they may also be eaten raw, dried, or used as ingredients in various desserts and foods.
  • Apricots are a tasty stone fruit that are similar to plums and peaches as they share the same genus, belonging to the rose family.