There are more than 6 thousand varieties of plums cultivated all over the world. The first written references to these fruits were recorded in China, where plums were domesticated nearly 2 thousand years ago.
Plums are usually consumed raw. In addition, they are perfect for preserves: jams, confitures, damson jams and fruit cordials. They can also serve as meat additive, ingredient of cakes, salads, desserts and ice-cream. Dried plums are a healthy snack and additive to meat dishes. Also pickled plums are popular.
A specific alcohol produced from plums is slivovitz.