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Aug 28, 2007 05:41 PM

Damson Plums in the GTA

Since Damson Plums are coming into season, is there anywhere in the GTA that stocks them? I've only checked Michael Angelo's so far-- no luck. Or failing that, does anyone know where I can get a substitute very tart plum?


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  1. Saw some last Sunday at the Square One market in Mississauga. It's a little early but they usually don't show in supermarkets since they're practically inedible outside jam jars. I got a load early last fall at the St. Jacobs market but they're likely available around the GTA markets from now on. If they look good, grab 'em since they're scarce and hardcore canners hoover up stocks quickly.

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      Saw them at the St Lawrence Market north last weekend

    2. Highland Farms in Mississauga had 3 L baskets for sale yesterday.

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      1. re: gnuf

        the highland at duff. and finch also has 'em

      2. The City Hall market has them today. Just bought a small container for $4.50. There were a few vendors who had them.

        1. It's a little early, I know, but I don't want to miss them. Has anyone seen or know where there will be damson plums?

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          1. re: FrenchSoda

            I'm a fan, too, and am starting to look around. They've been tough to find the last 2-3 years. They're not that popular and usually go fairly cheap if you can find them. Damsons aren't really good for anything but jam. Will post if I turn anything up.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              "Damsons aren't really good for anything but jam."

              Oooh, I beg to differ. Over here, we use them to make damson gin. And then!...once you've drank all the gin, you can use the damsons to make drunken damson cobbler.

              1. re: Palladium

                I am also after them to try making damson gin ; ). Though if I manage to find enough for jam as well, bonus.

                1. re: FrenchSoda

                  Is damson gin like prunerie? I had that in France, and would love to again. Man that stuff was potent!

                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                    So I just found this newfangled thing called Google. It's not prunerie. Nuts.

            2. re: FrenchSoda

              I just picked the damsons off my little tree today. So, they should be in the markets soon. Kagemusha is right, there aren't nearly as many around as there used to be. I love the jam, but this year I'm going to try making Polish plum cordial with them.

            3. They're freshly arrived at Michael Angelo's

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              1. re: Nevy

                Earlier than I thought, I'm glad I asked. Thanks!

                1. re: Nevy

                  Cool. There goes the weekend! Thanks, Nevy.

                  1. re: Kagemusha

                    They had lots of great Ontario fruit selection this week. Damson, Italian prune, yellow plum, 3 types of pears, apricots, and peaches. I've heard prune and fig jam is great and they had some wonderful slates of black mission figs :)

                    They also had 4 types of fruit I've never seen before. Cantaloupe nectarine (large and nearly pure white skin) was one of them. anyone tried this before?