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Jun 1, 2010 05:47 PM

Desperately seeking cherry plums (or similar)

Anyone seen cherry plums at markets or in yards for foraging? Yes, :) I know they're not exactly a hot for-sale item, but I'm having a bunch of people over to make jam this weekend and foolishly assumed my own trees would produce around the same time this year as last. Any other high-pectin plum would be fine too. I haven't seen much in the way of plums in stores, at markets or even U-picks yet so realize this may be a long shot...

Thanks in advance

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  1. There were green Persian plums at the Berkeley farmers market on Saturday.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      BTW, found these at Lake Merritt farmers market Saturday and at Berkeley Bowl (Shattuck) Sunday. About $3.50/lb at each place. They were tarter and firmer at the farmers market stall.

      Berkeley Bowl
      2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

    2. I saw a bin of fresh ume at Tokyo Fish Market. Don't know if that would do that trick.

      Tokyo Fish Market
      1220 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

      1. They are late this year. The plums on the tree in my backyard in Napa are hard and green. By June 2nd I have usually harvested my black currants but those are still green too. Berkeley Bowl?

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

        1. Thanks all. I'll try all three suggestions and will check out North Berkeley FM tomorrow. By this time last year my cherry plums were virtually over...

          1. We have several large cherry plum trees in the common areas of our vacation place in the Santa Cruz mountains - typically they aren't ripe enough until July - then we're inundated and I'm probably the only person who takes the trouble to make jam with them! We love the sweet/tart flavor. My poor DH gets stuck with helping to pit them. I've tried making the jam and then straining the pits out but that's tedious too. It's just a little too early for plums in general I think...

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            1. re: RWCFoodie

              My grandmother used to make plum jam every year, leaving in both pits and skins. Somehow it tempered the sweetness and made the jam taste richer and tangier. I wonder if you could try that with the cherry plums you have?

              1. re: Tripeler

                Now I'm really ready for the plums to ripen! FWIW, I use a cherry pitter -- works well with the cherry plums.

                1. re: bgbc

                  My long suffering husband got the job of using the cherry pitter on 25+ lbs of the little buggers a few years ago... I think his thumb is finally better :-)