Plums and Prunes in Baby Food Recipes - When Can Baby Have Plums and Prunes;
Age for Introducing Plums & Prunes: (4)6-8 month
The Goodness of Plums for Baby Food
One thing that all varieties of plums have in common is that they are very nutritious. Plums are high in fiber, low in cholesterol, sodium free and rich in Vitamin A & Vitamin C. Like other fruits that are high in fiber, plums are great aids in reducing the risks of cancer and heart attack and sustaining healthy cholesterol levels. As plums are high in fiber and natural sugars, they help maintain bowel regularity. Plums and prunes are great to help with constipation.
Prunes, also known to help maintain bowel regularity and alleviate constipation, are really just plums that have been "dried". Recently, you may have noticed that "prunes" may be scarce or no longer available at your local grocer. There is a move to try to make "prunes" more appealing to a wider variety of consumers and so they are now being marketed as "Dried Plums".
PLUMS: (one cup - sliced)
Vitamin A - 569 IU
Vitamin C - 15.7 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - .04 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - .04 mg
Niacin - .6 mg
Folate - 8 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Potassium - 259 mg
Phosphorus - 26 mg
Magnesium - 12 mg
Calcium - 10 mg
Sodium - 0 mg
Iron - .28 mg
Also contains small amounts of manganese, copper and zinc.
When can my baby eat plums and prunes in baby food recipes?
Neither plums nor prunes pose a high allergy risk. These fruits are recommended to be introduced to baby anytime from (4) 6 months of age. Please do keep in mind the recommended age for introducing solids is 6 months of age.
How to select and store Plums and Prunes for baby food
According to the EWG, plums and prunes one of the foods least contaminated with pesticides so purchasing organic is your choice.
Like many other fruits, plums are very delicate. While plums will store well, you should purchase them for use within a week as the longer they are stored, the more they become bruised and softened. Choose plums without bruising, soft spots or cuts.
When selecting dried prunes/plums, always try to purchase natural, those that have not been dried with any type of sulphurs. Many health food stores and conventional grocers are now carrying plums that are not dried and preserved with chemicals.
Prunes are always dried plums no matter the method use to "make" them. However not all plums are made into prunes. Many commercial prunes are now being called "dried plums" as marketers have found the public is more receptive to purchasing dried plums rather than "prunes". If you ever get the chance, compare "real" dried prunes to those that you will find in a can or packet in the grocery store.
Plums that are dried either via a fan, a food dehydrator or dried in the sun will not be as slimy looking nor will they be as shriveled as many commercially dried plums/prunes. Think of it as you think of the difference when looking at homemade baby food and commercial baby food; it's difficult to imagine how they can possibly be so dissimilar.
Easy and Tasty Plum and Prune Baby Food Recipes:
Plum Purée - 4 Ways to Make Plum Puree for Baby Food
Use any number of ripe plums that you desire.
Peel, pit and cut plums into chunks and steam until tender in a scant amount of water. Puree using the leftover cooking liquid
1. Scrub fruit clean
2. Carve an X into 1 side of the fruit
3. Place X side down in a pan with an inch of water
4. Bring water to a boil and steam until soft and tender
5. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits and/or seeds
Halve the fruit, pit and place "open" side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water, bake at 400F until soft and tender or puckering of the skin appears.
D) Drop & Roll
Drop whole, cleansed fruits into a pan of boiling water for 5-10 minutes, until fruits are soft
Place fruits into a bowl of cold water, roll around and slip off the skins then cut and pit the fruit. Puree as with any other fruit, adding lots of liquid if needed.
Plum Baby Food Recipes - "Dried" Prune Puree
1 small bag of dried prunes
1. Soak dried prunes in warm water until they plump up or steam gently.
2. Once plump and tender, toss into food processor or blender and begin to puree.
3. Add liquid without sparing any. Prunes tend to become a pasty gluey consistency when pureed and the more water you add, the easier it is to puree to a texture your baby will tolerate.
Like apricots, prune puree will not freeze into a solid block. The skins should not pose an issue however do be certain to keep a watch for baby's adverse reaction to the possible texture. You may wish to mix the pureed prunes with a beloved food for the first try.
Creamy Plum Purée Baby Food Recipe
8 months + due to Yogurt
1 cup plum purée
Plain or Vanilla Yogurt and/or
Apple or Pear Juice or plain water
Add plum purée and Yogurt and/or Juice or water until the proper consistency for your baby is achieved. Puree in a blender or food processor if needed.
1 peeled, cored, diced apple
2 handfuls of fresh cranberries or blueberries
2 peeled, pitted and diced plums
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
Add all fruits and water to a medium saucepan
Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat
Turn to simmer and check frequently so as not to run out of water.
Add more water if needed and simmer for approx. 20 minutes or until all fruit is soft and tender and cranberries have popped
Allow to cool and then blend or puree as needed for your baby's preferences - Add to cereals, yogurt or even drizzle sauce over meat puree or meat dices.
8 months + due chicken
1 chicken breast
Peel, pit and cut plums into dices
Cut chicken breast into dices
Add chicken and plums to a saucepan and add 1 cup of water
Simmer until the chicken is fully cooked
Puree, Chop or Mash as needed for your baby's texture preferences
Foods Good to Mix With Plums for Homemade Baby Food:
Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.