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Ever Heard of Lemon Plums?

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As many of you know, I own my business, Organique, and love learning about, and inventing new foods and recipes to share. Well, what you may not know is that, as a Dietitian, I am also fortunate enough to be contracted by the Corporate Healthy Living Program of Hannaford.  

 

ANYWAY......last week, I was walking through the pharmacy area and noticed a small bowl labeled “Lemon Plums” at the counter, so I asked the Pharmacist why a bowl of fruit was being sold there and not in the Produce Dept.  

She said she was going to ask me the same thing. So I did a little research, as I was only slightly familiar with their origin, harvest season, etc., and found this fruit to be native of South America, specifically  Chile, and only in season 3-4 weeks a year, which is why they are so costly (aha!.... likely why they were trying to sell them quickly and in the Pharmacy, no less).  

When sold in the U.S., they are generally unripe, and look like yellow bulbs (the tip looking more like a lemon). They may take a week to ripen to the beautiful blushing red color, but let me just say they are so worth the wait!!  They smell slightly floral but very fragrant when ripe, and they taste just like their name, with a dominant juicy plum flavor and a burst of lemony sunshine to cleanse the palate!!!!  

So after a little planning, I decided to make a lovely Lemon Plum Salad, and a Lemon Plum Baked Cod:

Lemon Plum Salad:

- Mixed mesclun greens, and baby kale

- Chopped walnuts

- Sliced avocado

- A round of herbed goat cheese coated with hemp seeds

- Lemon plums, sliced 

- Toss gently with a champagne vinaigrette

 

Lemon Plum Baked Cod:

Marinate Cod fillets for 20 minutes with fresh squeezed oranges (2), small drizzle of avocado oil, 1 T. tarragon, and 1/2 c. white wine (salt and pepper optional)

Place in baking dish and top with remaining marinade and sliced lemon plums...Bake at 350 until flaky.  Serve with cilantro garnish.

 

Monique Boulet is a Health Expert, Wellness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Foodie, Saratogian and Mom of two (plus two puppies), who graduated from Russell Sage College with a Bachelors Degree of Nutrition Science. She continued on with her graduate classes at Sage Graduate School where she also acquired her Dietetic Internship. For over 15 years, Monique has had the opportunity to work in many community settings through her private practice, including corporate wellness programs, providing HARDCORE boot camps to various age groups, and as a motivational speaker throughout the country.

When she is not working or volunteering to make a healthier community, Monique loves spending time with her children and life partner, snowshoeing, skiing, boating, playing instruments, biking, hiking, and just enjoying the outdoors. A love of food has allowed her to be a regular guest on local television stations such as Channel 13 and Fox 23 News. You can find more information on her website: www.organiquebymonique.com, or through her various published articles nationwide.

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