Damson plums are very popular and widespread cultivar. Probably it is the first one that comes in mind when you hear the word "plum". The main characteristic of these plums is its distinctive rich flavour; unlike other plums, it is both high in sugars and highly astringent. The fruit of the damson has a distinctive, somewhat astringent taste, and are widely used for culinary purposes, particularly in fruit preserves or jam.
- Energy 46 kcal
- Carbohydrates 11.42 g
- Fat 0.28 g
- Protein 0.7g
Plum Freezer Jam with Cardamon and Ginger
1/3 cups coarsely chopped Meynard Plums (from about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 (1-inch) piece ginger (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup Ball® RealFruit® Instant Pectin
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Bring plums and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan, then reduce heat to low and simmer until plums begin to soften and liquid is reduced by about half, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, finely grate ginger, then squeeze juice into a small bowl; discard pulp.
- Combine sugar and pectin in a large bowl. Add plum mixture, lemon juice, pepper, cardamom, and 1 tsp. ginger juice (discard any remaining juice), then stir constantly for about 3 minutes to activate pectin. Using a potato masher or fork, break up any large plum pieces, then let cool at least 30 minutes.
- Ladle jam into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 from the top to allow for expansion. Cover and chill.