Damsons To Dye For

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What a difference a week makes.  We went back to the orchard on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border [see Damson Surprise] and the damsons had ripened nicely and were now perfect for picking.  We filled another crate which we took to the Houghton Project where the damsons were washed and frozen ready for jam-making.

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Walking round the orchard we were intrigued as to why the owner had planted so many damson trees.  We counted over a dozen. Damsons have always been a popular culinary fruit and in the past had been much in demand by the jam industry in that area, but perhaps a clue lies with another of their qualities.   Continue reading