Along the edge of the allotments are a couple of damson trees which always have a mass of fruits on them. Last year we missed out on this free bounty so this year we were ready and so we were lucky enough to pick 3 kilograms leaving plenty left for anyone else. Of course what now? Jam of course!
Now there are a multitude of recipes for damson jam out there and some leave the stones in, others have you pick them out one at a time and then there is the option to sieve the cooked fruit.
I used this Damson Jam recipe from Delicious but put the cooked fruit through a colander rather than a sieve as this easily removed the stones but didn’t affect the texture too much.
It took rather longer than I was expecting to get to a setting state but it was really really nice. I hadn’t previously been a fan of plum or damson jams but this one has converted me and we will be keeping an eye out for damsons ready to harvest next year.