Damson plum season

The other day I was out watering my vegetables when I noticed my plum trees. There are two of them planted near the chicken coop. They’ve always been my low-achievers in the garden. One is a Euro prune, the other a Damson. I planted them about 8 years ago with the idea that they were both European plums, so they should cross-pollinated with each other. Every year: never any fruit. Flowers, yes, but then nothing. Maybe they don’t like each other’s pollen?

So there I am watering and I see…blue blobs. Not hanging from the branches but clinging very close, next to the trunk and on the bigger branches. Fruit, baby.

I collected the eggs and plums together. Don’t worry, I’ll wash them. This photo doesn’t do justice to their weird blue color.

So I got a few damsons this summer. I’ve got a good feeling about them. Next year, perhaps I will attempt to make June Taylor’s amazing fruit cheese, which is a non-dairy concentrated fruit paste. It’s so f-ing delicious. Maybe you can find some damsons at the farmers market and try it out. Let me know, too, if you have any favorite recipes for these blue babies.

One response to “Damson plum season

  1. LOVE that dark cloudy blue. Didn’t really want to harvest our bullace because the shade is so stunning. My husband makes them into jam or steeps them in vodka. We have a prolific quince tree so really don’t need anymore fruit cheese.
    Great that you are orchard blogging now. I have thirty-odd fruit trees in an Edinburgh garden, including a persimmon and loquat which I think of as more symbolic at 56° north.

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