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Pluma Moos ~ cold plum soup

Fruits soups made with fresh or dried fruits, have been a part of the Mennonite cuisine for centuries.  During the winter months, these soups were made with dried fruit.  In the summer, they were made with fruits fresh from the orchard.  We happened to have a long row of Italian prunes on our farm when I was a child and so we often had pluma moos made with fresh plums.  This is still my favorite fruit soup, a nice cold bowl of pluma moos on a hot day is most refreshing.  The Italian prunes are about ready for the picking here's a recipe you may want to try.

  • 4 cups Italian prunes, pitted and quartered
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1 package cherry jello (4 serving size)
  1. Place prunes in large saucepan and cover with water.  Cook until tender.
  2. Mix sugar and cornstarch; add enough cold water to make a smooth paste.  Add to fruit gradually while stirring; allow it to come to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cherry jello.  
  4. Cool. Then refrigerate.  
  5. Serve cold.


  1. Wow I don't think my recipe calls for jello, but this reminds me I should make some Yum

  2. I've never made it with fresh plums but it sounds so refreshing. . yummy!

  3. I'd like to make this-what size cherry jello package?

    1. The recipe gives you the size jello pkg. Read it.

  4. My grandmother made this and it was good, but my favorite is cherry mouse.

  5. we had fruit soup with dumplings. brings back memories.

  6. whenever my mom made this she always added a variety of dried fruits (like apples, raisins, appricots - I think you can buy a mixed variety pack of these dried fruits). She also added a jar of canned cherries and canned raspberries (you could also do frozen). It is so yummy with all the different fruits - my absolute favorite mennonite dish!! (she still sends me home with a jar of canned pluma moos once in a while, lol)

  7. I just made a batch of this. Didn't have a recipe, so I'm hoping it turns out. My grandma and Mom always did a mix of fruits including peaches, pears, apricots, and plums. All fresh, no dried fruits. And my Grandma would add a can of fruit cocktail, and sometimes pineapple, and use strawberry jello instead. It's so hard to wait til it's cold though!! I couldn't resist and had a bit of it piping hot, and it's still sooo good!!

  8. Probably seems like a stupid question - "Italian prunes", are these the same thing as a plum? Can I go to the produce section and buy plums? Or am I supposed to get something else.

  9. Italian prune/plums are a purplish egg-shaped plum...freestone and quite small. Here on the west coast they are available from mid-August through September.

  10. Replies
    1. It adds both colour and flavour (thickens it slightly as well) but can be omitted.

  11. Have you ever heard of Bartlett pear Moos. My late Mother used to make it and I would like to try. I am reminded of it when I enjoy a dessert of canned bartlett pears with ice cream on top.
    Towards the end when a little ice cream has melt right down and the last bite of pear is left, that's when the memories of my Mother come alive every time. Can you find a recipe like that?


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