Okay, let me back up. Our first spring here at Tir Asleen, we discovered that the tree right in front of our house is magnificent. It's a cherry-plum tree, which means it produces gorgeous flowers.
And then it produces fruit which are technically plums, but they're the size of cherries. And very tart. I like tart things. So that first spring, I said, "I will make jam from these some day!" But I had a little baby at the time, and couldn't find the time to even harvest the cherry-plums.
The next spring, which was last spring, we didn't get much rain, and our tree didn't flower a lot. Didn't produce much fruit either. So again, no harvesting. I began to despair of ever enjoying more than the occasional tart morsel from that tree.
But this year, we got lots of blossoms, lots of fruit! So the kids and I picked cherry-plums for a couple of hours one morning, and I would guesstimate we picked about 12 cups of them. Maybe closer to 14. We filled a whole gallon Ziploc bag and then started in on another. And finally, finally my dream of jam could become a reality!
I found this recipe and set off on my jam-making adventure. It took me two hours of steady work, plus the help of one small mouse who helped me remove stems before cooking, but I turned those cherry-plums above into the seven jars of jam below.
Also, I made Cherry-Plum and Blackberry Cobbler yesterday. You can find the recipe here on my recipe blog.
|Cobbler? More like Gobbler, the way my kids attacked it.|