In Season in Autumn: Damsons
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Damsons, also called Damask
plums, are a small fruit similar to plums but with an indigo/ purple skin and a
more tart flavour. A member of the rose family whilst juicy, they tend not be
eaten raw because of their sour flavour.
An autumn fruit, they are at their best in September.
Buying and storing fresh
If you are lucky enough to find Damsons for sale, when buying choose plump,
juicy but relatively firm specimens although you are more likely to be
given home grown damsons or, indeed, to grow them yourself. Store fresh
damsons the same way as you would plums. They will last a few days at room
temperature or a little longer if refrigerated. Do not store in plastic
bags or clingfilm.
Cooking fresh Damsons
Before use, wash well. For most recipes they will need to be stoned. This is
most easily done by cutting along the clearly visible line then twist the two
halves in opposite directions to separate. Remove the stone with the tip of a
Damsons can be substituted in most recipes using plums although when using in
dessert recipes, a little more sugar should be used to compensate for their
tartness. Damsons are particularly good for making jams and jellies and can also
be used in savoury dishes with meats such as lamb.
Nutritional value of
Damsons are rich in vitamin C, proteins and fibre and also contain minerals such
as potassium and phosphorus. They contain around 10 calories per 25g/1oz.
Editor's Choice: Top 3 Spring
Season Damsons Recipes
Damson and Apple Tansy
A warm dessert using two seasonal ingredients namely damsons and apples.
This custard/omelette dessert traditionally included a bitter-sweet herb called
Ginger Damson Pudding
A delicious dessert steamed pudding made with lightly stewed
damsons which are placed in the bottom of the pudding basin so
when it's turn out the pudding has a wonderful damson topping.
Damson Jam Recipe
Because of their sweet sour flavour and higher acid content,
damsons make superb jam and preserves. This is a basis recipe
for damson jam.