We have a number of fruit trees in our garden and would like some help in clarifying/double checking what they are : ) thank you.
Just a guess -
1 possibly very ripe greengages, but more likely yellow plums
3 Damsons or small Plums - it's hard to judge the size of the fruit, but if they're very small and the stems are thorny then it's likely a blackthon/sloe
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3 looks like Damsons, I have two Damson trees and the fruit looks identical to yours. Damsons make a great jam
Kweegly says:Damsons make a great jam
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Damsons make a great jam
And absolutely delicious wine
That's great, when is the best time to pick them
When they're ripe
If the wasps don't get there first, the fruit will feel ripe - it'll be a bit soft, and if you hold the fruit gently and give it a turn, it should come away easily from the branch
Some of the plums feel soft but they seem very small. The purple one has a maggot inside. I have so many or both types and besides giving them to family and friends can anyone recommend what each type would be good for.
After having a closer look i also have 2 other types of plum. The green one is much larger and I would say it's definitely ripe. The smaller purple/reddish one is more oval in shape and are very firm only a few are soft. Any suggestions on what these might be ?
The damsons are very hard do they need to soften up before picking?
As you can tell I'm a complete novice and feel overwhelmed by all this fruit
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The first ones look like yellow Cherry Plums ... like French Mirabelles .... small plums that are wonderful for eating fresh, making pies and jams
The second is a plum ... pick when they just begin to soften, before the wasps get them.
The third are damsons.
Not sure about the green one ... it's a bit bright green and shiny to be a ripe plum ... most plumshave a whitish bloom on them.
The smaller one next to it could be a small plum or a Bullace https://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/damson-trees/shepherds-bullace
Don't forget, plums and their cousins freeze well. Have a look here http://forum.kitchengarden.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=4374
You've got a lovely selection of fruit trees ... a real orchard ... enjoy
The green one could be a greengage if it is ripe and sweet but still green. They are supposed to be nicer than ordinary plums but I've never been lucky enough to taste one - they are not grown much these days, unfortunately.
That's great. Looks like I'm going to be busy..
Greengages make THE BEST JAM IN THE WORLD!!!