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Plum History

Confucius included plums in his popular foods list


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Plum History

Plums (Prunus domestica) date back in writing to 479 B.C. They were prominent in the writings and songs of Confucius which include a listing of popular foods of Chinese culture.

In 65 B.C., Pompey the Great introduced the plum to the orchards of Rome, and Alexander the Great eventually brought them to the Mediterranean regions.

Early American colonists found wild plums growing along the east coast, but today the common European plum has replaced the native wild plum in popularity and as a commercial crop.

Plums are now the second most cultivated fruit in the world, second only to apples.

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