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April 29, 2007



Never knew there were so many different kinds of plums!

Lynn D.

I have a mostly ornamental plum tree which provides me with a small number of small, but tasty plums. Several years ago it crossed with something else and produced a volunteer tree which sports a large amount of very small, but very tasty plums. Last year neither tree provided me with a single plum, nada. I thought it was the bee problem. But this year I have a healthy burgeoning crop on both trees. I look forward to adventures in plums.


Weck has beautiful tall jars, perfect for asparagus. They may even be called asparagus jars (but don't hold me to that). I am at work right now, but when I get home, I will email you the link. LOVE LOVE LOVE their jars. More expensive, but they make for gorgeous gifts.

Baking Soda

It seems to me that you are so much more in the know about names and origins of your fruit and vegetables whereas we in Holland just buy the stuff when in season. No clue on where it comes from or what variety it is. Or would that be just me not paying attention?
That is a good question about the jars, how to behave? I feel very awkward asking the jar back when I give a jar ... but everytime the thought crosses my mind...


Jars - I often go to an inexpensive supermarket called Lidl here, which originates in Germany and sells things like dill pickles. They come in big pot bellied jars with a screw lid and cost less than £1. I eat one pickle and throw the rest out and I have a very nice jar. The lid, with a picture of a pickle on it, is a bit of a creative challenge, but I'm up for that!


Australia is a country with countless plum varieties, some of which are now more readily available due to the promotion of native Australian produce by chefs like Vic Cherikoff and Benjamin Christie. I bet you've never tried a Burdekin plum, a Davidson's plum or an Illawara plum before...


Tanna, Trig-not only have I never tasted any of those australian plums, I've never even heard of them before. Who's for a world plum tour?
Heather- They are very expensive, but I think I'm going to have to get the asparagus ones, they are so charming and perfect. thank you!
B. Soda- sometimes I mention the jar return option when I give someone some jam-offering to refill it.
Lynn-How lovely to have your own tree- even your own plum variety. how small are they?
June- Coming from, as I do, a bit of a world pickle capital (home of Heinz), I believe pickles to be ornamental. When we were schoolchildren, we were often taken on factory tours, and given little souvenier pickle pins. Most Pittsburghers of a certain age still have one or two. They don't give them out anymore, though.


Lindy, I love plums, too, and love cooking and baking with them, but I'm never sure which ones are going to give up their stones (or flesh) or which ones are going to cling to the stones like Velcro and just tear to shreds. How do you tell the difference?


I'm super happy to see that someone has plums this year! Alas, mine did not survive :( The freezing weekend of Easter did us in, eat some for me!


Hi lindy, are the yellow plums you don't have a name for victoria plums? here in the uk they are the usual yellow plums we use..


I don't know where to find the jars, but given your love of plums, you HAVE to try the cognac and prune ice cream I made a while back, it's amazing!


Does anybody have a recipe for Burdekin Plum Jam - I have bucket loads of plums and would like to know what to do with them?

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