Simone came home from school asking about plums. Had she ever had one? What are they? What do they taste like?

My mind started turning. This was an opportunity to introduce a new food. A healthy food. A fruit.

“Next time we’re at the store I’ll see if plums are in season,” I told Simone. A few days later, I rolled up to the produce section. A huge stack of plums sat waiting for customers to take them home.

“Look, Simone. These are plums.”

Simone was excited. Nadia who has a love of all things purple was immediately smitten. I was tickled.

I picked up four of the juicy treats, put them in a bag and smiled all the way to the check out. Plums! My picky eaters want plums. My kids, the ones who eat all of five foods, are going to eat plums.

The excitement grew at home. Simone and Nadia pointed out the plums to Daddy. He shared in my delight.

Ken washed the plums and presented them to the girls. I pointed out the seed in the middle, and they both took a bite. Simone and Nadia didn’t look comfortable eating them, and Ken offered to cut them up. By this time, Nadia had had enough and left her plum on the table. It looked like the forbidden fruit. Only a tiny patch of the plum had been tasted. Simone waited for her plum to be cut into bite-sized pieces. She ate a few pieces and then walked away. Game over.

4 thoughts to “Plum Crazy

  • Julia

    Oh, I have had versions of this play out so many times. And you know what gets me? I fall for it, every time. There I am, thinking “look how healthy my son is, eating a cherry tomato!” and then, before I know it, he’s spitting it out. Sigh.

  • Blanc2

    My wife has this saying to the effect that before you can get kids comfortable with new foods you have to put it in front of them at least 15 times. Plums are a tricky fruit because the skin can be tough and bitter. Thus, if all they take is a small bite, it won’t be a happy one. I’ve found that with most fruit, I have been most successful if I cut it for them. That way, each bite can contain mostly the delicious fruit,

    All stone fruit can be cut away from the pit and then sliced into wedges.

    • Honeysmoke

      @Blanc2 Thanks for the heads up. I was thinking about this fruit thing like an adult and hadn’t thought about it from a kid’s point of view. Will put my kid hat on next time.

      • Blanc2

        We’ve been quite successful in teaching our kids to eat fruits and veggies. Persistence is the key. Do not give in to the temptation to give them junk food out of expediency. I guarantee you that if they get hungry enough — and as time passes they will get hungry — they’ll eat fruit and/or veggies as long as this is the only thing available. But when our kids were young, we did prep fruit to make it easier for them to eat it. Slicing apples and other tree fruit into wedges. Pitting cherries. Cubing melon (and removing the seeds from watermelon). Etc. The idea is to implant in their minds that fruit is a delicious and convenient snack.

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