Although it’s nearly the end of the first week of October, there are still plenty of damsons on the trees.
In this short video I pick a few damsons from one of the internal hedges on my patch of garden on the Herefordshire-Shropshire border.
There’s a myth that damsons are nothing but bitter/sharp/sour. Which feeds into another myth that you can’t eat damsons straight off the tree. It’s not true! I wonder if people who think this are confusing damsons with their relatives, the bullaces.
While damsons do add a dimension of tartness, which is an essential counterpoint to dishes based on rich ingredients like game birds, lamb and cheeses, damsons also have a very pleasing sweetness.
6. A Ludlow-based plant expert who specialises in difficult-to-find plant, trees and shrubs, and who has given talks on the damson tree at the Marches Damson Days is PlantFinder Jenny. Jenny worked for the nursery that developed the Merryweather variety of damson. This is her website:
Hello damson lover, and welcome to all things damson.
For a little time I hosted the Shropshire Prune Damson website on a lovely blogging platform called Posterous. Long story short, Posterous was snaffled by Twitter who eventually shut the platform down. This means I’ve had to find a new digital home for the Shropshire Prune.
So I’ve switched to arguably the best blogging platform in the world — WordPress, which is where you are now.
I’m in the process of transferring the content from the old site to this new site. So please be patient as it will take some time.
This new home for the Shropshire Prune will contain loads of excellent damson stuff including:
links to damson recipes
links to damson food and drink producers
where to buy damson products
where to buy damsons
help with identifying the variety of damson tree you’ve got
where to buy a damson tree
how to care for a damson tree
information about the Slow Food Ludlow Marches Shropshire Prune Damson project
Subscribe now to this site and I’ll keep you updated with the latest damson news. I’ll also post about both traditional and avant garde ideas for cooking with damsons.