My family's farm has plum trees that become laden and misshapen this time of year. My mother dutifully picks the black fruits and cans them in sweet syrup — a welcome treat in winter for topping oatmeal or just eating by itself, warmed. But one can only make so much jam! Here are some ideas for using up a surplus of plums.

    Picking all of the plums and canning them: that's the way it's always been done. But eyeing these recipes that put the season's fruit front and center has me thinking that maybe we should hold a few pounds back for something new:

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