Cherry-Plums In Season
Sweet Treat on Local Trees (Somerset, UK)The summer fruit harvest continues. Soon after my recent blog about preparing the wild blackberries harvested this year, the (apparently) wild plum trees in the area really started to hit their peak for ripening fruit.
|Fresh Cherry-Plums (halved / pitted)|
I suspect these trees grew on their own (wild) since they are growing immediately along a public bike path that is carved through some varied, and otherwise rough, terrain. As the plums were littering the paved bike trail and being turned to puree by passing bikes, I figured I might as well collect some and puree them myself at home. So, now it is time to enjoy these fresh plums and cook some up for freezing in a very similar manner to how I prepared my blackberries for longer-term storage.
There are so many different varieties and cultivars of plums that I am not 100% sure which type of plum(s) we are harvesting — I believe these plums are all "cherry plums" of some sort. These wild plums have been nearly perfect even without any pesticides or other treatments applied to them. We have encountered only 2 wormy ones out of a couple thousand plums so far.
We also have what I believe are Mirabelle plums growing wild nearby, though they were not fully ripe yet — I plan to harvest some of those in a couple more weeks. If you want to see the wide range of plums and related fruits available, check out the incredible variety of Plums, Gages, and Damsons that are offered for sale on fruit-tree dealer sites like Pomona Fruits and Orange Pippin Fruit Trees.
Recipe : Simple Cooking and Freezing Process
|Fresh Plums : in the pot, ready to cook down|
|Cherry Plums (after cooking down into a puree)|
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