Suggestion about what to do with plums from an old plum tree

Asked August 29, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

I have a very old plum tree that produces a lot of plums about every 2 or three years. The plumbs are small red and dark red plumbs that don't have a lot of substance to them, so they cannot be sliced up. What would you recommend how to use them in recipes? I tried cutting them up for a fruit tart, but they are too mealy in texture. I hate to see them go to waste. They are often too soft to cut up too. Thanks, Lynne Bigelow

Larimer County Colorado fruits and vegetables

1 Response

Hello Lynne, Thank you for your question. I do apologize in the delay in response. As last weekend was a holiday weekend, the question was just assigned to me today. Regarding your question about recipes for you plums, have you thought about making a plum sauce or dehydrating the plums? The plum sauce can either be prepared and frozen, or prepared an canned if you don't have the freezer space. I am not sure of your canning experience, but if that is the route you choose and have questions on how to properly can, please feel free to contact me and I can provide you with that information. For the recipes for the products I mentioned above, please see the links below. I have included a fact sheet from the University of Missouri, which is specific to plums; it includes the recipe for canned plum sauce as well. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you find that you have any additional questions, please don't hesistate to call the Extension Office at 970-498-6000, or you can reach me on my direct line at 970-498-6008. Thank you, Amanda Johnston Food Safety Education Coordinator Larimer Co. Extension Freezing Plum Sauce: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/plum.html Dehydrating Plums: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09309.html U of Missouri Plum Fact Sheet (includes canning plum sauce): http://extension.missouri.edu/franklin/documents/QFK/12JuneQFK2(1).pdf