There's no food more iconic of the holidays than sugar plums. Even if most of us have never had one, or have the faintest idea of what they even are, we can all picture sugar plums dancing through children's heads as was illustrated by the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas." But those are not the sugar plum recipes we're talking about. Nope, we're focusing on fruit recipes made with the sweetest of plums known as the sugar plum.

The sugar plum looks more like a giant purple grape than a plum, and it's a whole lot sweeter. It doesn't have any of that tartness that you can sometimes get in plums, and it's in season right now -- in the summer. When you get your hands on sugar plums, it's hard to resist eating them all straight away. But you should hold off, just so you can make one of these recipes below.

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  • Sugar Plum Tarts

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.notquitenigella.com/2012/02/28/sugar-plum-tarts/#comment-312656" target="_blank">Sugar Plum Tarts recipe</a> by Not Quite Nigella</strong>

  • Sugar Plum and Currant Crumb Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cannellevanille.com/gluten-free/when-we-turned-sugar-plums-and-currants-into-a-crumbly-tart/" target="_blank">Sugar Plum and Currant Crumb Tart recipe</a> by Cannelle et Vanille</strong>

  • Sugarplum Buttermilk Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cookrepublic.com/recipe-archive/sugarplum-buttermilk-cake/" target="_blank">Sugarplum Buttermilk Cake recipe</a> by Cook Republic</strong>

  • Sugar Plum Granita

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.greensandseeds.com/sugar-plum-granita/" target="_blank">Sugar Plum Granita recipe</a> by Greens & Seeds</strong>

  • Apricot Sugar Plum Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://goodtanglewood.blogspot.ca/2012/07/apricot-sugar-plum-tart.html" target="_blank">Apricot Sugar Plum Tart recipe</a> by Tanglewood Baked Goods</strong>

  • Sugar Plum Blackcurrant And Buckwheat Crumble

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lagallette.blogspot.com/2013/01/sugar-plum-blackcurrant-and-buckwheat.html" target="_blank">Sugar Plum Blackcurrant and Buckwheat Crumble recipe</a> by La Gallette</strong>

  • Honey Roasted Sugar Plums

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.princesstofu.com/2012/08/23/visions-of-honey-roasted-sugar-plums/" target="_blank">Honey Roasted Sugar Plums recipe</a> by Princess Tofu</strong>