Thursday, August 20, 2009

Plum Harvest

Late Santa Rosa Plums

This is just a quick post to show you my small, but delicious plum harvest. Just one small basket full. My Late Santa Rosa Plum tree usually has a bigger harvest than this, and usually they are ready earlier in the summer. This year probably due to our weird extended hot weather, the plum harvest was pretty small and their ripening was delayed until August.

I picked this basket of plums, which is the entire tree harvest, one afternoon in early August. They are very juicy, tangy and tasty. Just how I like them!

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Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Mmm....plums. They look delish! Savor each and every one, my friend :)


CaliforniaGrammy said...

Darn, no plum jam this year! We had a Santa Rosa plum tree at our place in So. Calif. I miss that tree a whole bunch . . . so just enjoy and savor each one.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

I have the hardest time finding the "perfect" plum. In theory, I like them, but when I try them from the store, either the inside is tart or the skin is bitter. Yours in your basket look just perfect! Pretty picture!

Hardware Bob said...

Those look just plum delicious. Happy harvest.

frugalmom said...

Yum. Plums. That was my kids favorite food when they were babies...I would give them fresh plums all smashed up.... Of course, their face ended up covered in all diff shades of purple...

Very pretty picture. :)

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Lisa,
They are delicious. I will savor them.

Hi CA Grammy,
Not enough fresh plums for jam making. That's why I used last year's frozen plums when I made plum jam a few weeks ago. I have had 3 Santa Rosa Plum trees in my lifetime. When I was a kid, my Mom had a great one in the backyard. That's where I learned that fruit fresh from the tree was way better than from the grocery store. Then the house lived in in my mid-twenties had a large tree that was neglected until I started watering it. Then it produced juicy red plums like crazy! I miss that tree. Now I have my small plum tree that has a mind of its own about when and how much to produce. I adore it.

Hi Danni,
Yes, I understand. I am never satisfied with the store-bought plums. I like my plums sweet-tart and very juicy. I prefer the ones with reddish gold flesh. I hate it when I buy a plum and bite into it only to find it to be hard and dry. Harvesting my own from my tree or my friends' trees is the only way I have found truly delicious plums. (I am picky. Can you tell?)

Hi Bob,
Small harvest, but wonderful tasting plums. Even those of you who do not enjoy fresh fruit that much may like them.

Hi Marcee,
I loved the visual image that your description of feeding the kids smashed up plums gave me. I can just see that! That's fantastic that you fed them fresh fruit. All babies should be so lucky.

Knit Witch said...

YUM!!! We got lots of plums last year and made some delicious plum jam but this year the tree didn't produce much at all. We'll see what next year brings!