Thursday, 6 August 2009

What to do with Green Plums?

There was the phone call; 'a branch of our plum tree has come down can you use green plums?' Then a bit of research on t'internet which led to some interesting sites covering India, Persia and Japan in their influences:

First and most amusing was two recipes using green plums to make mango/lime chutney like pickles.

The first hot and sour the second sweet and sour. I have tried to interpret the recipes. I may have some problems; the hot and sour one keeps developing a surface mould. The sweet one; once the sugar was added, became very liquid and appears to be 'working', creating slight fizzing activity. I suspect both would have been enhanced by Indian sunshine rather than English humidity. I'll let you know if a) I am poisoned b) they explode c) I recommend repeating the process.

Second was - wow the result was SOUR. I can see how it might work,

certainly add sugar or honey but overall perhaps our English plums were just too unripe or bitter.

Third, well; I'll have
to wait and see the liquid is currently off brown,

but clear and I did put in plenty of sugar, so give it a few more weeks and it might be worth a try.

Post script added 20th September 2009 - Just tasted the Umeshu and decanted it into a bottle.  It is now clear, the colour of weak tea and tastes fantastic!

1 comment:

  1. Hurrah now i won't have to keep trying to find the tweet with the recipes in :)
    I've got the two pickles on the go and am going to do the lamb...and am doing some japanese pickle.
    We'll be able to compare notes on progress


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