It is well and truly Cherry Plum time. These are small plums, rounder than your regular plum and in a range of colours too.
Find the right spot and the trees are nearly groaning under the weight of them!
They are sweet enough to eat raw. Most fall to the floor and rot. As I picked these umpteen cyclists went past, not one stopped to pick any or try this bounty for themselves.
They are out of reach with just your arm, but the perfect tool can be made easily and cheaply. From your local hardware shop buy a piece of 30 mm waste pipe. The usual use for this is taking waste water from your sink plug hole to the drain.
1. Holding it firmly, such as in a vice, use a hacksaw to fashion two “claws” on the end.
2. Out of doors (fumes!), heat the claws in a gas flame and bend with pliers to get.
It is then just a matter of hooking your Cherry plums (or Crab apples etc.) and they drop down the pipe. You can put your hand over the end or (genius!) tie one of those cloth bags to the end to catch them in.
A video bringing it all together – sorry about the road noise.
The plums are great to eat raw, in puddings, jam, fruit leather, chutney and more. A great, very quick pudding is a crumble with the Cherry plums as they are (just washed). Don’t eat in polite company and just spit the stones out as you find them!