Damsons are best cooked into jams, jellies, leathers or other puddings or used as a substitute for sloes when making sloe gin.
|Scientific Name||Prunus domestica subsp insititia|
Other members of the plum family.
Like a slightly sour plum busting with flavour.
Damson trees don’t usually grow too tall so they can be easy to reach or in some years the weight of the fruit bends the branches down to picking height for you.
It is thought the name Damson originates from ‘plum of Damascus’ and it was brought over by the Romans but recent studies show that it might have evolved from a hybrid with the Sloe or Blackthorn and another member of the plum family.
Damsons were used in the past for many different ailments but modern medicine doesn’t seem very interested in them.
It was used as a dye in the 18th and 19th centuries.