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Damson Plums in the GTA

halcyon1234 Aug 28, 2007 05:41 PM

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. Kagemusha RE: halcyon1234 Aug 28, 2007 08:22 PM

    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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      lidiab RE: Kagemusha Aug 29, 2007 04:31 AM

      Saw them at the St Lawrence Market north last weekend

    2. gnuf RE: halcyon1234 Aug 29, 2007 04:12 AM

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

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        chocabot RE: gnuf Aug 29, 2007 07:01 AM

        the highland at duff. and finch also has 'em

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        Lizzie RE: halcyon1234 Aug 29, 2007 06:39 AM

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

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          FrenchSoda RE: halcyon1234 Aug 22, 2013 12:16 PM

          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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            Kagemusha RE: FrenchSoda Aug 22, 2013 01:29 PM

            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.

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              Palladium RE: Kagemusha Aug 23, 2013 01:52 AM

              "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.

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                FrenchSoda RE: Palladium Aug 23, 2013 05:56 AM

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

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                  LexiFirefly RE: FrenchSoda Aug 23, 2013 06:12 AM

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

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                    LexiFirefly RE: LexiFirefly Aug 23, 2013 06:32 AM

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

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              earthygoat RE: FrenchSoda Aug 22, 2013 01:46 PM

              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. Nevy RE: halcyon1234 Aug 23, 2013 08:36 AM

              They're freshly arrived at Michael Angelo's

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                FrenchSoda RE: Nevy Aug 23, 2013 10:53 AM

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

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                  Nevy RE: FrenchSoda Aug 23, 2013 11:25 AM

                  You're welcome!

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                  Kagemusha RE: Nevy Aug 23, 2013 11:31 AM

                  Cool. There goes the weekend! Thanks, Nevy.

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                    Nevy RE: Kagemusha Aug 23, 2013 11:54 AM

                    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?

                3. picholine RE: halcyon1234 Aug 24, 2013 02:05 PM

                  I saw them at the Brickworks market today. Now reading about this gin, I'm sorry I didn't get any!

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                    halcyon1234 RE: halcyon1234 Aug 24, 2013 08:53 PM

                    Costco Newmarket had Italian Plums today

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