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.