I was on my nightly walk through the neighborhood with Scout collecting hazelnuts and such when a neighbor stopped me to ask if I was gathering fruit. When I answered yes he invited me a few houses over to his back yard to pick as much fruit as I wanted... AS MUCH FRUIT AS I WANTED.
The Italian plum trees were overloaded with ripe fruit so I picked as many as I could put in my plastic grocery bag before it got too dark to see. I was invited to come back anytime.
The next week I was busy processing pears I got out at a u-pick farm so I made plans to finish up and gather some more of those plums!
I think I ended up with about 15 pounds! In exchange for my neighbors generosity I traded some pear butter and baklava- home made of course! for his plums.
So what to do with all these plums? I don't know enough about jelly or jam to take that on so I found a recipe for an Asian style spicy plum sauce.
The sauce came out really good! It has about 4 pounds of plums, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, mustard powder, ginger, garlic, red chili flakes, and onion. It is sweet, sour and spicy hot. I have made my own Moo Shu vegetables with mandarin pancakes and plum sauce. I have A LOT left over... any takers?