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Plum or damson?

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Have you ever heard the following statement: Plum or damson, that’s the same. The plum and damson harvest time has already begun, and as this myth circles around, we want to get to the bottom of this matter. You will learn more about the differences between those stone fruits and why they are so special.
Plums and damsons belong to the most variety-rich fruits which exist in the world. They contain many important nutrients our body needs. This includes e.g. calcium, iron, magnesium, b-vitamins, phosphate, potassium and fructose. They are also rich in roughage and anti-cancer substances. All blue fruits contain secondary plant substances which are stored in the colouring. These plant substances which are credited with many protective functions which help the body to fight infections, inflammations, digestive problems and even thrombosis. With all these good properties, don’t you also immediately get the desire to try the stone fruits?

How do damsons differ from plums?

The plum is a subspecies of the damson. Both differ in the form. Damsons are rounded-oval and they have a fruit-cheek. Plums are oblong and smaller than damsons. They don’t ripen after picking in contrast to the damson. Moreover they have a firmer flesh. Also, they differ fundamentally in the processing. Plums are very often used to make marmalade or compote, or they are eaten fresh. The damson fruit flesh does not disintegrate during cooking or baking. That's why it is widely used for cakes or cooking recipes.
Many households have a plum tree in their own garden. The reason for that is that plums belong to the most popular fruits all over the world. The tree is an eye catcher during the flowery but also when it is fruit-bearing. You see: plum trees let your garden shine. Moreover, you can eat the ripe fruits directly from the tree or you can produce numerous dishes. A few examples are: damson jam, cake or compote.
If you don’t have a plum tree, it would be a worth consideration to plant one. The best time for planting is autumn. You have to look for a sunny place which is protected from the wind. Remove weeds within a radius of 1 m² and dig a hole at minimum 0.4 meter and 1/3 greater than the rhizome. The next step is to place the tree. Mix soil with compost to give enough nutrients to the ground. Heap up soil. Water the tree over a longer period.

Cake with plums from your garden

A special sign of quality is the bloom, the protective film on the plums. This natural whitish wax layer prevents the fruits from moisture loss. Remove the layer shortly before preparation. Remember to pick the fruits only if the fruits are firm and they don’t shine green any more. Pitted and halved fruits can easily be frozen for your cooking or baking in winter times.

Cake recipe with damson plums from the own garden.

Shortcrust pastry

1 egg
70 g/1/3 cup of sugar
100 g/1/2 cup of butter
200 g/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. of baking powder

Place all ingredients in a bowl and knead well. Place dough in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Cover the bottom of a springform pan with baking paper and roll out the dough and place it in bottom of the springform pan, pressing it up the sides almost to the top.

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Next step is to wash the plums, pit and quarter them. Spread the plums evenly onto the dough base.