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09-29-2008, 12:04 PM
I've got this random fruit tree in my yard. I think it's a plum tree, but the plums are about the size of a globe grape. They are tart, but FREE. I don't know what to do with them. Can anyone figure out what variety they are? Does anyone have a tree like this? (It came with the house and the owner was senile.)
09-29-2008, 01:58 PM
Are you sure they are plums and not maybe crabapples? If yes you think they are crabapples, you can use them like apples, but add more sweetener to them.
09-29-2008, 02:27 PM
They are most likely American Plum, prunus americanus. They are very tart. I haven't figured out anything to make with them yet . . .
09-29-2008, 02:29 PM
sounds like cherryplums..
09-29-2008, 03:29 PM
We have tiny plums at our farmer's market and they are very sweet and taste even better than the big ones.
09-29-2008, 04:28 PM
these are def plums...they are purply and have a pit in the center. So you have them to RS? I was thinking jam with LOTS of sweetener. :cool:
09-29-2008, 06:03 PM
Could they be Italian prune plums? If the tree isn't pruned and the fruit isn't thinned, they can be pretty small. They are purplish blue on the outside and yellowish green on the inside. When they turn yellow inside they are sweeter and if they are amber they are over ripe. I have tons of them at my place and freeze about 1/2 of them whole for snacking on or turning into something later. I also like mixing them with something else (they give two of my relatives and a co-worker the squirts if they eat more than 5 or six). So I mix 'em with whatever other kind of fruit I have for smoothies and with bananas and pears for fruit roll ups (which I don't dry too thoroughly, but leave sticky and use as crepes or spring roll wraps. If they're a little sticky, when you put the fruit in them and a topping on them and refrigerate them for a couple hours, they soften up like a flour based product - but taste better!)
09-30-2008, 12:27 AM
I was thinking Italian plums or Italian prunes--same thing. Soft are usually super sweet.
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