© Aberdeen Journals Ltd 2020. Since there are so many varieties of plums and so many places where they are grown, they are usually available throughout the entire spring to fall growing season in one form or another. However the relative sequence of picking dates nearly always holds true, regardless of the location or the weather in a particular year - a Granny Smith is always going to be picked much later than a Gala. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix well to form the almond cream and set aside. Scottish growers and leading chefs share why plums are something to snap up and savour while we can, along with some of the ways to best enjoy them. Plant plum trees during the dormant season, before growth starts in late winter or early spring. %PDF-1.5 %���� Some plums such as the Elephant Heart, which is a large heart-shaped plum with dark purple skin and red markings, are allowed to mature fully. She says: “The best-selling plum we have, by a long way, is Victoria but the only problem is it’s slightly less disease resistant than some of the other varieties. When eating fruits and vegetables that are in season it means they have grown naturally in cycles and ripen during a certain season each year. Fruit varieties can be characterised by the picking season. "For plums in particular, the favourable weather conditions have definitely had a positive impact on fruit set for this coming season and we are optimistic about the harvest.” Hortgro says it will continue to develop the plum, peach and nectarine categories in the UK, where it has launched marketing efforts here around their fresh produce for the past 12 years. Spring Season - March, April, May. The sweetness of the plums and the floral tones of the almond complement each other wonderfully, and this recipe below gives it a bit of a modern twist with the addition of marzipan, for a fuller and deeper flavour. Some people may be lucky enough to have a plum tree in their garden! For brilliant recipes, the best of local produce, fresh ideas and insight, subscribe to our weekly Food and Drink Newsletter. “When cooked stir in the 75g Demerera sugar and 1 tablespoon creme fraiche until mixed together. Although supermarkets are great and have become more organically conscious with places such as Whole Foods, the best way to ensure you’re getting the freshest of fresh is to head down to a farmers’ market. Then after you have to prune it regularly.”. Fruit tree gardening and general interest, Pippin Trees - ornamental trees for your garden. h�b```�P��� ������ ��71��h`�����(�����F�:�%j76�v��� ��!�Ѹ\��uB`�`�۱��\���Ut�H�q��B��:���rM**�ms\�����0�. For plum-lovers, there’s only a short window of opportunity to source locally-grown fruits. The first apples, and Victoria plums are picked at end of month, just as the season for vension from wild fallow and red deer begins. %%EOF Green Gage varieties of plums are widely used in both the US and UK for making jam when they mature in August. Something went wrong - please try again later. The Elephant Heart is considered so delicious that it has been compared to the taste of red wine. London’s Fine Dining Delivery Options: Which Restaurants Deliver? Beekeepers question low pricing amid claims some products are being bulked out with syrup, Read all a-sprout it: Recipes and top tips for making the most of these festive greens, REACTION: Fans delighted as Peter Sawkins crowned first Scot to win The Great British Bake Off, Aberdeen City Council co-leader crowned leader of the year at national awards ceremony, Four fire crews tackle fire in the open in Moray, Scotland first country to provide free period products, Bifab: ‘Devastating’ blow as both Scottish and UK governments say ‘no more money’, 7x Victoria plums, halved and stones removed. Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Each species - apple, pear, plum, cherry - has a picking season and within the season varieties are typically grouped into "early", "mid-season", and "late". Plums are also grown commercially in the UK, Australia, Guyana, and elsewhere.
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