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Desperately seeking cherry plums (or similar)

bgbc Jun 1, 2010 05:47 PM

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. Robert Lauriston RE: bgbc Jun 1, 2010 06:36 PM

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

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      bgbc RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 6, 2010 09:25 PM

      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

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      abstractpoet RE: bgbc Jun 1, 2010 07:08 PM

      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. Junie D RE: bgbc Jun 2, 2010 08:26 AM

        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

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          bgbc RE: bgbc Jun 2, 2010 01:31 PM

          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. RWCFoodie RE: bgbc Jun 2, 2010 08:16 PM

            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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              Tripeler RE: RWCFoodie Jun 2, 2010 08:17 PM

              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?

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                bgbc RE: Tripeler Jun 2, 2010 09:44 PM

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

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                  RWCFoodie RE: bgbc Jun 6, 2010 01:52 AM

                  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 :-)

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