When my friend Trisha told me she had an abundance of plums she was harvesting in her garden this year and would love to get some ideas on what to do with them my mind started running in many directions! These gorgeous plums and photo courtesy Trisha!
Fresh Picked Plums: Grown by Trisha!
Before we get into a recipe a little about my lovely friend Trisha! Trisha Tipton is a herbalist, Natural Living Educator and an expert in raising clean sustainable food for the table. She resides on a small homestead in Tennessee and regularly raises the families meat, veggies, fruit and herbs. She loves to help others learn how to improve their own health by utilizing a clean whole foods diet and also loves to empower others to take responsibility for growing their own foods whether it be on a small-scale or larger scale. One of her passions is to show others how to make herbal remedies to keep their families healthy naturally and to discover the great blessing of getting back to the land and nature.
I am always learning so much from Trisha and her lovely blogs.You can find her website at: http://freerangehome.com/ And she is also on facebook at: www.facebook.com/freerangehome
So here is the recipe I specially created for you and your plums Trisha! Hope whoever is reading this joint blog that we both did with our love and plums will enjoy our post and the recipe and share your experience with plums, cooking, plum chicken and chickens with us!
When I cook I usually seem to think savory. I don’t end up cooking or baking a lot of sweet dishes or desserts and I don’t even use a lot of fruit in my recipes. With plums I I thought of Moroccan style food with a mix of maybe Asian flavors too and viola here is what I came up with. This chicken is sweet, spicy, savory, hot, tangy and sour all at the same time.. !!
2 medium (organic pastured) chicken breast
A few dashes or 2 table spoons coconut vinegar
A few dashes of coconut aminos
1/2 plus 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 plus a few pinches of ground cumin
1/4 plus a few pinches of paprika
a few dashes of cayenne- optional- only if you want to spice it up more
3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 large shallot
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ginger finely chopped or grated.
Avocado or neutral oil
generous amounts of fresh ground pepper- to offset the vinegar
5-6 juicy plums
A few dashes of sherry wine- optional
It all goes into the pan!
Marinate chicken breast as strips for better flavor in 1/2 teaspoon coriander, 1/4 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon paprika, add salt to taste and plenty of black pepper, a few dashes of the coconut vinegar and coconut aminos. You can also use apple cider vinegar. Let the chicken marinate for 4-6 hours if possible.
Finely slice shallot and saute till soft in the oil, add garlic, ginger, extra spices and cayenne, cook well till garlic is fragrant, then add the 4 of the plums diced or sliced, cook till plums partially cooked through. At this time you may add the sherry wine and cook till it dries off. Then add the chicken and cook till chicken is done.
Serve hot with steamed quinoa and fresh plum slices!
I like to get organic, local and pastured or at least organic when possible. This recipe was made with Katerra Exotics chicken breasts. For all my Houston friends: you can get local pastured meats at Katerra Exotics and also you can get whole pastured chickens, turkeys and more at Whitehurst Heritage Farms. Nothing like pastured chickens. My friend Trisha also raised chickens at her homestead! I have so much to learn from her!
Now over to Trisha and she is going to tell us more about plums about why we should eat plums, besides the fact that they are so delicious!
Plums are one of my favorite fruits and right up at the top of the healthy fruits list. The plum season goes from the months of May through October. There are several different varieties of plums that are grown which appears to give them such a long growing season but it is simply because different varieties ripen at different times with Japanese plums being the first to ripen and the European plums ripening closer to October. This year was the first year that our trees were loaded with plums. It was so nice to be able to go out and just pluck a couple of plums right off the tree for my breakfast in the mornings!
Plums have a “stone” pit in the middle and are closely related to peaches, nectarines and even almonds. The fruits are medium-sized and range between 1 and 3 inches in diameter and tend to have more of an oval shape. The fruits peel is smooth and may have a tart taste and the flesh can range in color from white, yellow or purple depending on the variety.
Plums have some amazing nutritional and health benefits. Here are a few of them:
Fiber: I think when many of us think of prunes we may think of this benefit but just consuming fresh plums provide the same benefit. Not only do they contain the fiber but they also contain sorbitol and isatin which have been known to help regulate the digestive tract and get rid of constipation.
Antioxidants:Plums are loaded with antioxidants, which help to rid the body of the substances called free radicals that plays a major role in precipitating illness in our bodies. Some of the antioxidants they contain are lutein, cryptoxanthin and zea-zanthin which is very helpful for the retina of the eye and its ability protect itself from the UV rays our eyes are exposed to daily.
Iron Absorption and Vitamin C: Plums have been proven to help the body absorb iron which could be related to the fact that they are high in Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is essential for a strong immune system, healthy blood vessels and arteries and also great for anyone suffering any sort of arthritis. This is one of the reasons that consuming more vegetable and fruits high in Vitamin C are better for the body overall and may reduce risks of heart disease and strokes.
If you enjoy growing your own fruit trees plums might be a fruit you would like to give a try. First you will need to make sure you are growing a variety that will do well in your particular climate. As we talked about earlier there are many different varieties so do a bit of research for your area. The three categories are the European, which work in most climates in the U.S. The Japanese which seem to grow very well in close proximity to peach trees and then the Damson which grows in a variety of places around the U.S as well and tends to be more of a self pollinating plum. Plum trees should be planted in a well drained soil that is located in full sun.
This year we had our first crop! It was quite abundant so I was able to make some things with the plums to preserve them such as making fruit leather for a great healthy snack!
And as we end this “plumalicious” blog that we both enjoyed writing even though it took us a while! I want to leave you with this delicious sounding recipe I found that I want to try soon, when the next batch of plums comes in… make some chicken or this delicious Vienna Plum Cake!