Tkemali is a Georgian plum sauce, perfect for vegetables, grilled meat, fish, seafood and salad dressings. It's pungent, sweet-sour, aromatic and flavorful. Plus, a recipe for khmeli suneli, a Georgian seasoning mix.
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.
Old-school style beach plum jelly is made without any added pectin. When gathering them in the wild make sure to include some under-ripe berries. A long simmer makes for a good strong set. It's a sticky jelly with a good puckery punch.
Already made enough jam? Try these two less-common ways to preserve plums. Prunes are an easy dehydrator project. Umeboshi is a Japanese pickled plum that is a bit more involved, but mouthwateringly tart and salty.