Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Plums, salt and time are all that's required to make these classic Japanese preserves, commonly eaten with rice.
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.
In the time of Plum Glut, here's some savoury and sour inspiration from salt, chili, ginger, and garlic-- Plum Kimchi, Plum Pickles and an everlasting, low-tech Umeboshi relation.
The plums might not be the right type, but the result is marvelous and 100 percent local.