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san j
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 11:19pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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My love of perfect plums borders on the erotic.  
And I just came across this Plum Mascarpone Pie recipe - Happy B food, all the way to the whipped cream.
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/08/plum-and-mascarpone-pie

Please share Plum recipes, plum facts, favorite plum varieties, plum dishes tasted/ enjoyed, plum stories.


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My favorite plum variety is Santa Rosa...

My young tree only produces enough to eat fresh.  We are enjoying them now!


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I used to enjoy stewed plums, plus apple / pear and some spices, during autumn/fall or winter. I look forward to eating plums again one day!
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We grow Satsuma blood plums & green gage plums. I like them (a diamond for me) but my husband loves them  all (a neutral for him) but only fresh we rarely cook fruit.
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Well the plums we get here s very different

First of all I have never really tried a good shop plum
- seem just watery and hard and red- I think they store well  

I grow 2 kinds
greengages/Reine Claudes, my variety is the old tasty Verte -but somehow unstable - some years I get no plums   Medium green very sweet- Sometimes I buy them from France or Iran  

Eat them fresh, as jam or in cakes
A pie made with a crumble with oats and maple sugar is very tasty


I also Have an old tree with dark purple egg shaped plums- the ones you make prunes with- makes good fruit compote with cream


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I"m a friend of Little Jack Horner. We were both in "time out" when we noticed that baked plums in pie are da bomb.


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It may well be that plums aren't everyone's cuppa.
Or that people just eat them as-is (as I do) rather than process them into dishes.

I've never found a commercial jam/ preserve that allows the flavor to shine through.  


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Quoted from san j
It may well be that plums aren't everyone's cuppa.
Or that people just eat them as-is (as I do) rather than process them into dishes.

I've never found a commercial jam/ preserve that allows the flavor to shine through.  


These days, I appreciate more and more the unadulterated state of fruit, allowing the natural expressions of true flavors to satisfy. Too bad about plum preserves-- they become muted when cooked or processed. A good plum preserve would be a great delight...  

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Umboshi plum vinegar is a neutral for me & i occasionally add a few drops to a salad... this thread has inspired me to use the excess plums (normally give over half away) to make my own, oh and maybe plum wine if i get time, can't wait for summer!  
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Both Mom and Grandmom made plum jelly in the past. We liked a lot of pulp in our jelly though. Other than that we ate them fresh.
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I rarely buy plums because they are usually rock hard in the store and then rot before they ripen at home, but once in awhile you will luck out!  Anyway, the best plums I've ever had were bought at a farmer's market in Beaufort, South Carolina. They were small and yellow, if I remember correctly, and when I asked what kind they were he said "just those ones that grow around".  Wild plums. Delicious!  

I planted some of the stones in my yard up in the Blue Ridge, but no luck.
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Quoted from Henriette Bsec

I also Have an old tree with dark purple egg shaped plums- the ones you make prunes with- makes good fruit compote with cream


This, I believe, would be a Stanley Plum.  I put one in my yard 2-3 years ago and it has produced for the first time 3... count them, 3! beautiful plums.     Hope it becomes a real producer because I, too, adore a good plum and really wanted one that could be dried.  Not all of them can be.


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Quoted from gulfcoastguy
Both Mom and Grandmom made plum jelly in the past. We liked a lot of pulp in our jelly though. Other than that we ate them fresh.


Come to think of it, a nice ripe plum all chopped up is kinda like jelly.  
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I rarely buy plums because they are usually rock hard in the store and then rot before they ripen at home, but once in awhile you will luck out!  

Plums are only a neutral for me, so I save my measly 3 smallish servings of fruit for superfoods. But I do love them. You might have better luck with buying plums that are really good by using the old smell test! If there were the least bit of a sweet smell at the stem, I used to buy them even if they were on the firm side. No sweet smell meant they very likely would never ripen before spoiling.


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This, I believe, would be a Stanley Plum.  I put one in my yard 2-3 years ago and it has produced for the first time 3... count them, 3! beautiful plums.     Hope it becomes a real producer because I, too, adore a good plum and really wanted one that could be dried.  Not all of them can be.


Sounds likely
Plums are strange - some years the good variety provides you with nothing other years lots- and the not so interesting are always good fruiters
At least plum trees can get very old


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I fermented a bunch of plums and made my own faux plum vinegar.....turned out great


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Lola,
I was thinking of whole plums in a glass jar with just enough pure water to cover & a teaspoon of seasalt, is that what you did? Did you add polyflora?
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Quoted from Spring

I save my measly 3 smallish servings of fruit for superfoods. .


Spring, you made me laugh because I feel soooo like you do due to my fruit servings being reduced to 3 per day!


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Have you ever tried a "Pluot"?  It is a combination plum and apricot that is delicious! Very fragrant, juicy and sweet!
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Have you ever tried a "Pluot"?  It is a combination plum and apricot that is delicious! Very fragrant, juicy and sweet!

The best pluot can be, IMO, the best plum of all.
Like any plum, however, it absolutely must be ripe.



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yes serenity....

I only used the plum juice from the plums......no water.....and enjoy adding the polyflora to anything I ferment around the third day.....mix it in well and cover with cloth for another day or two


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Now I have a new experiment. hahaha

But would apply on this Duhat(It is a plum to)


I hope it turn out well.  


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Pluots weren't ripe yet at Whole Foods last time I went.
But the red plums were ready, and the prices down  .

Since I don't have an orchard / need to process tons of "excess", I am happy to bring my bag home and slurp them one at a time.  
But if I did have that orchard, I'd have spent years if necessary, developing a way to preserve them in all their sweetness and perfumed complexity, for enjoyment the other 10 months of the year.


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We have been getting a great supply of Pluots in our Fruit and Vegetable store in NJ.
Just picked up about 6 juicy and delicious ones the other day! My dad cuts them up over a glass so he can drink the juice he collects! Hope yours come in soon.
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