Black plum, or Jaam, is a native fruit in the countries of southern Asia. This fruit is also called Jambul or Jamun or Jamblang or Jambhul, or Kaalo Jaam. In Bangladesh, Jaam is popular for its sweet taste and vibrant color. Packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, this summer fruit offers numerous health benefits. It’s full of calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and B6.
Black plum improves blood health through enhancing hemoglobin count. It improves skin and eye health, and guards against conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. It aids digestion, relieves stomach pain and arthritis, and assists in managing type 2 diabetes symptoms.
With its rich nutritional profile, black plum is a valuable addition to a summer diet, providing a delicious way to boost overall health.
7 Versatile Black Plum (Jaam) Recipes
Eating black plum as a fruit is not the sole way to enjoy it. Explore these 7 innovative recipes.
Black Plum Chutney
250 gram black plum, 1 tablespoon panchphoran, 2 dried chillies. 1 tablespoon oil, ½ tablespoon salt, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup jaggery and ¼ cup water
Start with heating oil and spices in a pan. When the ingredients are cooked properly, add black plum and saute for a while. Then add sugar, salt, and jaggery. Cover the pan and cook for some time.
After 10 minutes remove the cover and continue cooking uncovered for the time left. It’ll help to evaporate the water. After cooking properly, strain the pulp to remove the seeds. Throw away the seeds and start reheating the pulp. Heat until it reaches a boil point. Then let the cutney cool down. Finally, store it in a glass jar. Your delicious black plum chutney is ready to enjoy.
Black Plum Jam
1 kilogram black plum, 1 ½ cup sugar, and 1 lime.
First wash the black plums thoroughly. Next cook the plum with ¼ cup of water for 5 minutes. And let it cool down. Then strain the mixture and remove the seeds. You can keep it rough and raw like this or blend it for a smoother texture.
In a separate pan, take ½ cup of water, sugar, and lime. Keep stirring. Bring the liquid to a boil and then add the pre-made plum paste. Cook the mixture for around 5 minutes. And then remove the combination from heat. Wait for some time. Pour the mixture in a glass jar while it's still slightly hot. Let the jam fully cool down. Finally, store the jam in the refrigerator. Your squishy sweet jam is ready.
Black Plum Sorbet
600 grams black plums, 5 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons lime juice.
Forst, make pulp from the black plums. Next, add sugar, lime juice, and salt to the pulp. Blend all the ingredients together into a smooth paste. Strain the paste for smoother puree. Taste it and adjust salt, and lime as per taste. Then pour the mixture in a plastic box and layer it with plastic wrap. Cover the box with additional plastic wrap or parchment paper to prevent forming crystals.
Freeze it for 4-5 hours. Once frozen, garnish with chaat masala and lime juice.
Black Plum Mint Popsicles
500 grams black plums (deseeded), a few sprigs of mint, 1 lime (juiced), and 2 tablespoon sugar (optional)
This delicious recipe is super easy in this scorching hot summer. It will take you only 10-15 minutes to prepare.
Begin with washing the plums of any dirt or bugs. Next, deseed them. Now take the ingredients including plums, lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves in a blender. Blend them until the mixture forms a smooth and thick paste. Strain for any unexpected chunks. And pour the puree into popsicle molds. Insert the sticks and freeze them for approximately 3 hours or until they turn solid.
Bring out them, demold, and enjoy your refreshing popsicles.
Read more: Delicious Jackfruit Recipes to Try Out Today