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8 years 1 month ago #26239 by lya1

How do I tell when the damson plums are ripe? Some are falling off the tree but are still rock hard, they look ripe but I don't think they are.
Does any one know?

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8 years 1 month ago #365044 by 4trees

Hi Lya, I am going from memory here, and a local person had a damson tree and the plums were ready about mid Feb from memory, and also I think they have a foggy bloom on them when they are ripe,but please don't quote me on that part. Keep tasting. Cheers.


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8 years 1 month ago #365045 by lya1

Thanks, I have had a look at the foggy bloom but I think its there. I did taste them but they are awfully sour. I will keep trying this week, surely they can't be far off.

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8 years 1 month ago #365048 by little red digger

Hi . they will have a lovely dark colour and will be soft and sweet when ripe. The cloudy bloom on the flesh will wipe off, and can be on the fruit before they are ripe. I am sure you will work out when they are best to pick and eat. They also cook well. Do not worry about the falling fruit unless the tree has issues. Cheers


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8 years 1 month ago #365053 by Stikkibeek

Try putting the ones that have fallen, in a paper bag with a ripening banana or apple. They might help to ripen the windfalls, at least to a point where you can use them for jam. Damson jam is the best.


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1 month 3 weeks ago #544639 by VioletFarmer

Hi all, just discovered our neighbour has a Damson tree in their yard & are not interested in the fruit. They do have a bit of dark red/ purple colour today- but are still very hard & sour as heck- some are falling off. Anyone in Canterbury have a tree and can help me to know when they are ripe enough to pick? The neighbour said they never get soft or sweet- hence why they don't want them. Cheers :)

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1 month 3 weeks ago #544643 by Mudlerk

They make a very tasty [too tart for my taste!] jam...but you'd have to be pretty hardy to eat them fresh, I would think.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #544644 by Blueberry

Even better than jam, the make a beautiful paste - needs loooong slow cooking, less sugar.


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1 month 3 weeks ago #544666 by Anakei

We had damsons in the garden when I was growing up. As kids we only ate the ones that fell off the tree because they would be ripe. Damsons are considered a cooking plum not an eater, and make great pies and jams and also Damson Gin - my favourite :whistle:


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1 month 3 weeks ago #544678 by LongRidge

I would think that it is way too early yet. Ripe when they come off the tree easily. They make damson good wine :-)

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1 month 3 weeks ago #544681 by Hawkspur

If they are unwatered, they may be falling because of this rather than ripeness. Things are getting dry and hot.

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