Monday, September 13, 2010

Damson Plums

Local Damson Plums from Crozet, Virginia

I am out of town, house-sitting for a week, and visited the local farmer's market Saturday. One man had Damson plums, and I bought 2 gallons. They look like wild Damson's (size and shape) but taste sweeter, like the tame ones. (I didn't think to ask him while I was there. Duh!)

I found some really interesting Damson chutney recipes online and I LOVE chutneys! I'll have to decide if I want to make Damson and Ginger, Spiced Damson, or a more traditional plum chutney with a bit of orange Juice & peel plus lemon juice & peel. I may be able to make two runs if I have enough plums after I get home and weigh out enough for a gallon of Damson Plum wine!

I will post photos and recipes when I make whatever I decide. For now, they will go in the freezer.


  1. Darius, I am so jealous. We moved to Arizona and there is no way we could grow plums. Fruit trees in Arizona are actually giant bird food structures. Unless you spend an enormous amount of time taking care of them, the birds get all the fruit. As a matter of fact, if it wasn't for working our garden like crazy people, we wouldn't have vegetables at all.

  2. Won't bird netting work? How about summer-weight row covers for your garden?

  3. love those damson plums especially when paired with blueberries for a conserve.

    1. Thanks, never thought about pairing them!


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