Here are the extended highlights of this year’s harvest of apples, pears, quinces, plums and damsons. Top fruit galore!
Sir Hugh Plat, on Making ‘Marmelade of Quinces or Damsons’
This C17th recipe is for two types of marmelade – white or ordinary – depending on when you add the sugar to the fruit.
Frederick Nutt (and Me) on Making ‘Damson Ice Cream’
In which an 18th century recipe for damson ice cream and some advice from Twitter inspires me to make my own delightful damson dessert.
Frederick Nutt, on Preserving ‘Damsons, Wet’ and ‘Damsons, Dried’
Here are two methods for preserving the bounty of your damson harvest, from Frederick Nutt’s C18th volume of confectionary cookery.
Book Notes: Damsons, by Sarah Conrad Gothie
A short but hugely informative book packed with juicy recipes and damson facts; a must-read for any damson fan.
Now Collecting Historical Orchard Recipes
I’ve started putting together an index page of the archive recipes that I’m posting on the site.
Au Revoir to Pear, Plum and Damson Blossom?
Two nights of bad weather after early blossom has bloomed is bad news, but hopefully not the end of this year’s crop.