These small red-fleshed plums grow in profusion on a couple of trees that I grew from pips, and I always make them into 'plum sauce'. My Aussie 'TV Star' gardening friend (Mary Moody) once called them Bird Plums, but other than that......
I wash them and pick out leaves, stems, earwigs, etc. Then stew them in just whatever water still clings; plus some sugar. They melt down in a matter of minutes ,and the resulting mush is passed through a seive with the aid of the back of a soup ladle.
The resulting sauce gets ladled into small plastic cups, covered with cling-film, and, when cool enough, popped into the freezer until required. I use the sauce for making BBQ sauce, Chinese style Sweet and Sour sauces, and simply to drizzle over fromage frais etc. Hey Presto; a year's supply in a matter of minutes (I only use a spoonful at a time).
Nicely done cro!Their beautiful! A very good idea. I was so sad when our huge plum tree split in half a few yrs. ago. The new one is just starting to produce. Oh, and about your last post....don't try to understand us, it'll never happen!ReplyDelete
How right you are!ReplyDelete
About the plums, I wish I could send everyone a pip from my tree. It never fails, and the plums never have bugs inside. A miracle.
Hi Cro, have you had a go of making Worster sauce from your plums,it is delicious so much nicer than the bought variety.I have to go to the city to buy the plums when they are in season as they are so expensive here,that goes for all stoned fruit.I have the recipe on my blog back a little while.CaroleReplyDelete
I'll give a go Carole. I'm always interested in new ideas like that! We have so many plums, and I hate WASTE.ReplyDelete
I found your recipe Carole (May 24th). I don't know where I'd find Treacle here, but I may improvise. Today I'm doing a few jars of Pickled Plums.ReplyDelete
Oh, yummers! Aren't you the industrious one? I want some!ReplyDelete
ho Cro,I just remembered to tell you to add an extra half kilo for a thicker sauce it would still work with you replacng the treacle with something else.Your pickled plums etc sound great.Happy Plumming much more enjoyable than plumbing! lol CAroleReplyDelete
How long did the pips take before they grew into trees? The plums look delicious as does the Sauce. I bought a bag of cherries a few years back in Oswestry market and planted some of the pips. I managed to get a couple to germinate and they have grown into quite sizeable trees. The trouble is - the birds always beat us to the cherries although the trees themselves have managed to produce quite a good crop.ReplyDelete
Oh Molly. The Bailey head market (?) in Oswestry; that takes me back!!! These particular trees grew very quickly. Very rustic and productive.ReplyDelete
I did the same as you last year with some wonderful looking hazel nuts, but none came up. I think they poison them.
re. Your cherry trees. Give them time, when they become huge you will love them.