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.
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
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.
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
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