3 years ago I picked a bumper harvest of cherry plums from some trees in the village, there’s about 5 trees within 10 metres of each other nestled by some garages and they are laden with these beautiful mini plums. That was the year I made plum cordial, plum jam and the most delicious plum tarte you will ever taste! Every year since then I’ve either been in Wales or simply missed the season completely and I’ve been craving that tarte…
I made it my mission this year to head on down to the garages to check on the trees, I actually popped down last week and harvested some of the early ripe ones to make 3 tartes with plans to go back and pick more to make some jam. There were hundreds of plums waiting for the sun to kiss them so I made a mental note to head back after our garden show at Loseley Park to harvest as much as I could.
I have this ever so handy small wooden ladder with a handle on the top for carrying around, it’s a tad heavy but proved to be so useful this evening for reaching those hidden gems up in the trees. I spent a good hour there happily picking cherry plums as the sun was setting behind the garages. I filled half of my basket and decided that was enough, I didn’t want to be greedy and this bounty would be more than enough to make lots of jars of jam with and maybe some extra tartes to put in the freezer.
We’ve got a busy week ahead of us getting ready to sell at the Taunton Flower Show this Friday and Saturday then my parents are heading off to France for 2 weeks. My holiday will be spent in Wales therefore I’ll be washing and freezing my harvest to take with me to the farm where I can have a big jam making day, I can’t wait!
Here’s the link to that delicious cherry plum tarte recipe that I keep going on about though: