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!
You might not have a plum tree to pick from, but you’re likely to start seeing plums in abundance at the farmers market and in your CSA box. If you’re not quite sure what to do with all the sweet stone fruit, we have some ideas. Just be sure that your plums are ready to eat before you get cooking (they should have a deep, even color; flesh that gives to a gentle touch; and, of course, a sweet fragrance you can’t miss).
Here are 10 plum recipes — both sweet and savory — that you’ve got to try this summer.