Yummy Rosa® Plums
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Yummy® Rosa plums are a medium to large varietal, averaging 5 to 8 centimeters in diameter and weighing 4 to 5 ounces, and have a uniform, round to slightly flattened shape with curved shoulders and a short, fibrous stem. The plum’s skin is semi-thick, delicate, taut, and smooth with a glossy, dark red to purple base, covered in white to yellow speckles and an opaque blue-grey bloom. The fruits also bear a shallow to prominent suture line, extending from the stem to the base. Underneath the surface, the flesh showcases a yellow-orange center surrounding the pit, darkening into a red-orange to crimson hue just below the skin. The flesh also features a slightly firm but tender, succulent, and aqueous consistency, clinging tightly to the central pit. Yummy® Rosa plums have a low acid content and moderate sugar levels, ranging from 16 to 20 Brix, creating a sweet, fruity, and subtly astringent, candy-like flavor.
Yummy® Rosa plums are available in the summer.
Yummy® Rosa plums, botanically classified as Prunus salicina, are a premium stone fruit variety belonging to the Rosaceae family. The plums grow on deciduous trees that can reach up to four meters in height, and the fruits were selected for their improved flavor, uniform shape, and disease resistance. Yummy® Rosa plums are a self-fertile variety that produces high yields, ripening around the same time as the famous Santa Rosa plums. The plums are favored by growers worldwide for their extended shelf-life and can be shipped long distances for increased commercial value. Yummy® Rosa plums were first developed in California, sometimes known as Candy Rosa plums, and are a boutique variety sold as a fresh market fruit. The plums are also cultivated as a home garden variety and are found in gardens worldwide, incorporated into a variety of raw and cooked preparations.
Yummy® Rosa plums are an excellent source of vitamin A to maintain healthy organ functioning, vitamin C to boost the immune system, and are a good source of vitamin K to promote faster wound healing. The fruit’s dark purple coloring is also a source of antioxidants to protect the cells against free radical damage, fiber to regulate the digestive tract, calcium to strengthen bones and teeth, and potassium to balance fluid levels within the body.
Yummy® Rosa plums have a sweet, fruity flavor well suited for both sweet and savory dishes. The plums can be eaten raw or cooked, and the skin can be kept on for a tangier flavor or removed for a sweeter taste. Yummy® Rosa plums are traditionally consumed straight, out of hand, or they can be sliced and tossed into green salads, mixed into fruit bowls, or stirred into yogurt, oatmeal, acai bowls, and cereal. The plums can also be blended into smoothies, sliced and dropped into beverages, or cut and displayed on cheese plates as a sweet component. In addition to fresh preparations, Yummy® Rosa plums can be incorporated into desserts such as cakes, tarts, pies, cobblers, and crumbles, or they can be blended into sorbet and ice cream. The plums can also be simmered into compotes, jams, reductions, and sauces to serve with roasted meats. Yummy® Rosa plums hold their shape well when heated, lending themselves to being lightly grilled and topped with creamy cheeses and honey, or poached with spices to create a flavorful and healthy dessert. Yummy® Rosa plums pair well with other fruits including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, apricots, peaches, cherries, and citrus, vanilla, chocolate, honey, maple syrup, caramel, nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans, herbs such as basil, mint, and lavender, and spices including ginger, cinnamon, allspice, coriander, and cardamom. Whole, unwashed Yummy® Rosa plums should be ripened at room temperature away from direct sunlight. Once ripe, the fruits can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week, or they can be canned, dried, or frozen for extended use.
Bradford Genetics, also known as BQ Genetics, was owned and operated by breeders Norman Bradford and his son Glen Bradford. Norman began breeding fruit varieties in the mid 20th century and worked closely with famous breeder Fred Anderson for many years, eventually purchasing Anderson’s breeding business in 1981. Norman and Glen continued Anderson’s business under Bradford Genetics and was at one time known as one of the oldest private breeding programs in California. Yummy® Rosa plums were one of the varieties created at Bradford’s experimental farm, and the sweet fruits are a part of Yummy® Plums, a trademarked line by the Yummy Fruit Company. The Yummy Fruit Company holds a partnership with Bradford Farms and is based in Hastings, New Zealand, operating under the Johnny Appleseed Holding, Ltd. In addition to Yummy® Rosa plums, there were several other varieties created, including September Yummy®, Red Yummy®, August Yummy®, Yummy® Giant, Yummy® Beaut, Yummy® Gem. Many of these varieties were grown as specialty fruits in the early 21st century, and some may be challenging to find in modern-day markets.
Yummy® Rosa plums were developed as an open-pollinated seedling of red-purple plum varieties in the experimental orchard of Bradford Farms in Le Grand, California, located in Merced County of the San Joaquin Valley. The variety was created by Lowell Glen Bradford and was selected in 1998 from a group of open-pollinated seedlings of black beaut plums. Bradford grew the seedlings on his farm, grafting them onto nemaguard rootstock, and the trees first fruited in June of 2001. In December of 2001, Bradford submitted a plant patent application for the new variety, and the patent was granted in December of 2003 under USPP #13476. Today Yummy® Rosa plums are not commercially grown on a wide scale and are primarily cultivated through select farms for local distribution. They are also a popular home garden cultivar among plum enthusiasts. When in season, Yummy® Rosa plums can be found through farmer’s markets, specialty distributors, and in home gardens in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.
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