Yes, this really has been a year of plenty - from the first strawberry, through the gooseberries, the raspberries, the blackcurrants, the peas, the broad beans and now the plums - everything has given of its best.
Now we are inundated with plums of an unspecified variety. The one thing I know for sure is that they are decidedly NOT Victoria plums. They are everyone's favourite and have a distinctive taste of their own - and are best eaten straight off the tree.
These plums are medium sized, plum coloured and taste alright (damned with faint praise?) and the farmer started picking the ripe ones this morning - a large bowl full.
What to do with them? Any ideas anybody? We had a glut two years ago - I still have plum chutney left to eat from that year, I still have several jars of plum jam from last year.
Today we are having stewed plums and custard - yes I know, plum crumble and custard, plum pie and custard would both be better, but they both have far too many calories in them when we are watching our weight (I am watching our weight).
But the branches of the tree are bent and touching the ground. The crop is ripening rapidly and friend wasp will be waiting in the wings. So if anyone has any ideas then please respond. I did think of plum brandy but am not sure how to go about it.
And if any of my local friends are reading this blog - then give me a ring if you want some!