Plum juice made from fresh plums at home require just 3 ingredients! We only need ripe plums, sugar (or any natural sweetener) and water to make this easy and delicious homemade pure plum juice from fresh plums.
Plum juice made using fresh plums is popular in Indian, Jamaican & Korean cuisines though they are all prepared in different ways traditionally.
I made this easy fruit juice from fresh, ripe black plums but you may use other varieties of plums like red plums too.
Plum Juice Vs Prune Juice
Plums are fresh fruits while prunes are dried plums.
So the difference between plum juice and prune juice is that while plum juice is made from fresh plums, prune juice is made from dried plums, that is prunes.
Though basically they are made from the same fruit, plum juice and prune juice doesn’t really taste the same and they both have different health benefits too.
Prune juice is usually made by boiling or cooking the prunes first and then extracting the juice, since the fruit is in its dried form.
To make plum juice, since we use fresh plums we do not need to cook them first, but you can just extract the juice from the fresh plums for the best results.
Benefits Of Plum Juice
As you know, prune juice has a lot of health benefits like aiding digestion.
Plum juice made from fresh plums too have a lot of health benefits, as it is rich in fibers and healthy nutrients.
Just like any other food, I recommend enjoying this juice in moderation because too much of anything won’t be good!
You can get more information on black plums health benefits here.
However, keep in mind that in this juice recipe, I have used sugar to add sweetness to the juice.
If you are looking to drink plum juice just for its health benefits, you might want to skip the sugar or use a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup instead.
Without any sweetner, I have found the juice made of fresh plums a little sour, so it is just a personal preference to use sugar to add more sweetness.
What Kind Of Plums Are Best To Make Plum Juice?
To make fresh plum juice, I used ripe black plums which were sweet as well.
Ripe black plums are perfect to make delicious, cooling and refreshing juice!
This is because they are not too sour usually, and they are also on a light sweeter side.
The inside of the black plums are usually light yellow in color when ripe.
You may use other varieties of plums as well, like the red plums but they tend to be a little more tart compared to the black plums.
Whatever kind of plums you decide to use for making the juice, make sure to use ripe fruits and also try to choose sweet ones rather than sour plums for the best results.
If your plums are too sour, you might want to slightly increase the amount of sweetner that you are using to balance the sourness of the plums.
I also have this easy and delicious plum jam without pectin in instant pot, which I made using red plums!
Should You Peel The Plums?
This is a question I had in my mind too when I was trying to make the juice by myself for the first time.
I tried it both ways, with and without peels and they both turned out delicious.
However, I do not prefer to peel the plums most of the times, because the peels have nutrients too, and most of the time plum juice is made to enjoy the maximum benefits of its nutrients.
The peels of plums contains a lot of fiber, so you may want to retain the peels of the plums while making the juice.
I do not peel the plums while making plum jam too!
However, when you make the juice, you will need to strain the juice using a good strainer to remove any residue from the peels and also the foam that forms while making the plum juice.
How To Make Plum Juice From Fresh Plums?
Homemade fresh plum juice is easy to make using the following ingredients!
Ingredients Used To Make Plum Juice
ripe black plums 2 (about 1.5 to 2 cups chopped)
water 1 cup (chilled)
sugar 2 tablespoons (adjust to taste) – (this is optional, you may use natural sweeteneres like honey or maple syrup as well)
ice cubes 2 to 3 for garnishing (optional)
Step By Step Instructions
Wash the plums very well, slice in medium sized pieces (discard the pit).
Add the sliced plums to the blender along with sugar and water.
Blend until very smooth.
Filter the juice using a good strainer to remove any foam and residue from the skin of the plums.
You may need to strain the juice a couple of times if necessary.
Transfer to the glass, top with ice cubes if desired and serve immediately!
Notes: Plum juice tastes the best when its served, just like any other fresh fruit juice. So make sure to serve the juice chilled for best results.
If serving the juice later, you can save it in the refrigerator or even freeze (in ice cube trays) for later use.
Below you can get the recipe for the best fresh plum juice recipe in detail.
Plum Juice – How To Make Fresh Plum Juice At Home
- 2 black plums ripe (about 1.5 to 2 cups chopped)
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons sugar adjust to taste (this is optional, you may use natural sweeteneres like honey or maple syrup as well)
- 2 ice cubes (for topping), optional
- Wash the plums very well, slice in medium sized pieces (discard the pit).
- Add the sliced plums to the blender along with sugar and water.
- Blend until very smooth.
- Filter the juice using a good strainer to remove any foam and residue from the skin of the plums. You may need to strain the juice a couple of times if necessary.
- Transfer to the glass, top with ice cubes if desired and serve immediately!