It was a few years ago. We just walked into our favorite grocery store, Ingles, and paused in the produce section to recollect what we needed for the week. I certainly did not expect what happened next.
Ingles has a Fruit of the Month. Funny thing is this particular fruit was only in season a few weeks a year. Maybe they changed it after a few weeks when it was out of season, I don’t know. They were Lemon Plums. One of the many friendly employees, Davis at Ingles Skyland location, noticed me scowl at the plums – not in my top 10 list of favorite fruits – and suggested I try one.
Reluctantly, I picked a few up, and that was that. From that moment on, I loved Lemon Plums and I would ask about availability all the time. Now if they have some, I buy as many as I can. Like a Lemon Plum fiend. A Lemon Plum addict. My research found they’re mostly grown in Chile – only available a few weeks a year, and originally concocted in Israel. Lemon Plums, when ideally ripened, have, well, a sweet lemony flavor.
Guess what? They are in season NOW! Do yourself a flavor favor… don’t wait… go out and pick up some Lemon Plums today!