Damson plums have hardly any flavor when eaten raw, but give them some gin, sugar, and time (don't we all benefit from those three things?) and you’ll be rewarded with a beautifully plumy, herbal, slightly spicy liqueur just in time for the holidays.
The Brits are crazy about fruit cheeses. Americans are most familiar with quince paste, but you can make it from all kinds of fruit. It’s called “cheese” because you can slice it due to its hard-set consistency.
I love using this old school English plum in this jam recipe with my favourite hedgerow tipple made from foraged sloes. Superb on a hot toasted crumpet or on a scone with clotted cream and a pot of tea. Mmmm
Damson is the queen of all the plums and Damson Butter is the king of all the fruit butters. Traditionally it is prepared without sugar and simmered on low heat for many hours, in 2 or 3 days. Thanks to this process it keeps in jars for long years.