Plum, 'Elephant Heart'
The Elephant Heart Plum was developed in Sonoma County by Luther Burbank from his collection of Japanese plums in 1929. Elephant Heart plums are large, heart-shaped freestone fruit. The flesh is a consistent dark ruby red, which is why it often bears the name, blood plum. When perfectly ripe, the meat is so juicy that it is more like a beverage than a fruit. The soft flesh is luscious with tropical and vanilla overtones. The fragrance is subtle, the flavors rich and distinctive. The skin has a tart, berry flavor.