15 July 2011

Mirabelle plums

I've lived in this location for almost 3 years now.  Each summer I've noticed some yellow fruits on the neighbour's tree.  While I wondered what kind of fruit it was, I didn't really pay much attention, even though many of the branches hang into our garden and the fruits end up on the ground.

That is, until Charlotte decided she wanted to eat them.  That gave me the push I needed to look them up, and I discovered that they're Mirabelle plums.  I never knew there were yellow plums before.  I did some more digging and found out that they're traditionally harvested by shaking the branches, because the ripe fruit will fall down, so that's what I did.  I gathered enough to make a tart, with plenty left over.  I've been wanting to try out the jam setting on my bread machine and I figured the glut of plums provided a good excuse for that.  I came out with two jars of jam, so I gave one jar to our priests and kept the other.  There are plenty more plums on the branches overhanging our garddeen, so I might have to make more jam.  Can't let them go to waste. ;-)


  1. That's so awesome. Does your neighbor pick the fruit on his side?

  2. I've never noticed, actually. It's the neighbours in back of us, and I don't know them. I've never seen them picking the fruit on their side, though.