The plum is the most important and the most represented fruit in Serbia. With around 500,000 tonnes of plums produced, Serbia is ranked the fourth plum producer in the world.
The plum grows like a tree, of lush growth. The fruits ripen in August, September and October, depending on the variety. Blue fruits are rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, E, then beta-carotene, which in the body is converted to vitamin A and minerals. The highest nutritional value of plums is the abundance of dietary fibre it contains. Plums are low-calorie fruits, therefore they are recommended in the diet.
Due to their specific aroma and taste, which is preserved after various forms of processing, plums have a wide range of application in the food industry, and different plum products are a kind of delicacy. Plum varieties that Serbia is known for are Stenley, various varieties of Čačanka and Požegača.
It is used in the food industry mostly for the production of juices, jams and compotes and brandies.