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Hello

We have a number of fruit trees in our garden and would like some help in clarifying/double checking what they are : ) thank you.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286

    Just a guess - 

    1 possibly very ripe greengages, but more likely yellow plums

    2 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

    Last edited: 17 July 2017 13:36:41


    Billericay - Essex

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  • KweeglyKweegly Posts: 104

    3 looks like Damsons, I have two Damson trees and the fruit looks identical to yours. Damsons make a great jam image

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286
    Kweegly says:

    Damsons make a great jam image

    See original post

     And absolutely delicious wine :)


    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Kelly40Kelly40 Posts: 14

    That's great, when is the best time to pick them image

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286

    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


    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Kelly40Kelly40 Posts: 14

    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.

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    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 image?

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    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 image

    Last edited: 19 July 2017 12:04:41

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,852

    The first ones look like yellow Cherry Plums ... like French Mirabelles .... small plums that are wonderful for eating fresh, making pies and jams 

    https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/praise-cherry-plum 

    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 image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    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.

    https://www.allotment-garden.org/fruit/greengages-growing/

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Kelly40Kelly40 Posts: 14

    That's great. Looks like I'm going to be busy..image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,852

    Greengages make THE BEST JAM IN THE WORLD!!! image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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