Make some plum jam

Any variety of plum lends itself to jam making but at present we have a number of varieties which are particularly good, Kirk’s Blue, Burbanks and Victorias.
Wash 6lbs of plums and simmer in a pan with 1.5 pints of water. When tender, lower the heat and add 6lbs of sugar (granulated is fine). Keep stirring until it is all dissolved to avoid it sticking and burning to the bottom of the pan. Raise the heat to allow a rolling boil. Test for setting point after about 15 minutes ie when a drop of the liquid, placed on a cold saucer, wrinkles after a couple of minutes when pushed with your finger.When this happens, pour the jam into very clean, warmed jars and then cover with a wax circle and then a cellophane cover when the jar is cold. Label and enjoy!

Pershore Plum Festival, August Bank Holiday Monday

On August Bank Holiday Monday Pershore will be hosting their annual plum festival.  We will have a stall opposite the Abbey, next to St Andrews Church with a number of different varieties of fresh seasonal plums.

On the Monday we will also be serving afternoon teas in our orchard on the A44. Try our freshly made scones and home made plum jam.

Victoria Plums, now available

One of the most sought after British plums is the Victoria which is now available to pick, but here is some interesting history for you:

  • The plums grown in Britain are derived from fruits originally from Damascus, Syria and Persia
  • The plums were initially brought to Britain by the Romans
  • The modern plum was found by nurseryman Mr Denyer in a garden in Alderton in Sussex.
  • Prior to the plum being sold to Mr Denyer the plum was named “Sharp’s Emperor” or “Alderton”
  • Mr Denyer sold these plums as “Denyer’s Victoria” after Queen Victoria who was crowned in 1837.

The problem with these is that there is no place named Alderton in Sussex, so where could this have come from? Some people believe that Alderton is a typo and should really be Walderton.  A second theory is that the name Alderton is actually that of the person who found it rather than the name of the place.  The third theory is that the plums come from Alderton in Suffolk which is home to the Gage family who were involved in the development of a number of other plums.

Fruit now available, 14th August 2010

We are currently open 9am – 6pm daily with a large selection of both pick your own (PYO) and ready picked fruit.

Plums currently available are

Prolifics – good for eating and for jam making

Heron – excellent for eating

Purple Pershores – good for eating and excellent for jam making and freezing

Yellow Pershores – excellent for jam making and bottling

Opals and Czars –  good for eating

The above are PYO 50p/lb , £1.10/kg; ready picked 70p/lb, £1.50/kg

Apples currently available are

Beauty of Bath – eater

Discovery – eater

Grenadier and Bramley – cookers

PYO Barmleys – 30p/lb , 65p/kg; ready picked 50p/lb, £1.10/kg

Also available

Blackberries, Potatoes, Onions and local Honey