Saturday, July 12, 2014

Plums! (and a couple pears)

Covering the tree, falling from the branches -- beautiful Santa Rosa Plums.
Bred by revered plantsman Luther Burbank in 1906, for a time the Santa Rosa was a favorite of commercial growers but these days is mostly found in backyards and farmer's markets having been replaced by larger, firmer varieties, less flavorful and easier to handle. The Santa Rosa, named for the city where Burbank did much of his work, is known for sweet flesh with a hint of tartness from the vibrant red skin. A hallmark of true plum flavor.
If I can keep from eating them right off the tree I'd like to try a batch of jam maybe flavored with a hint of cardamom. After all I have next year's fairs to think about.

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