[NAFEX] Wild fruit (beach plums) provide a tart treat
bmanges at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 11 14:06:52 EDT 2004
I have 4 beach plums, including a first year "nana".
I grow them on the west side of my house exposed to
stinging winter winds and none have had any
significant wind burn. "Jersey" was listed as a
hybrid and had one inch fruit in multiple colors, I
forget the name of the other hybrid, also sweet and
smallish in reds, yellows and purple. I liked the
species plants best as I think they would provide more
color and flavor to wine and jelly (in fact they
resemble a red wine grape in size and tannins) I just
shared another bottle of a low alcohol, brut wine from
last years crops with friends and all were impressed.
I mixed the steam extracted plum juice (from all 3
varieties) with white grape concentrate and stopped
the fermentation early. It was hard to clear, but
very fresh and slightly sparkling. In summary, beach
plums are a very hardy sprawling small tree/bush. I
would recommend the small fruited varieties as they
are best suited to wine or jelly making--for fresh
eating, stick with a good japanese or european plum.
I think "Nana" meets these requirements from my
petoskey, MI z5
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