Beach Plum | Prunus maritima
Beach plum season is short here and I've been peeping on our foraging spots all month. Spotted some early ripening trees this week and we headed out with our baskets in tow. Native to the north eastern shores of North America, the beach plum is a shrub like tree which bears small tart plum-like stone fruits, a tad smaller in size than a cherry. These beautiful rosy red to deep purple fruits have a pit surrounded with thick flesh. This year seems to be a banner one for Nantucket beach plums anyway. The trees have been in decline due to development along the coastal areas. In some regions they are endangered.
The first batch of our Beach Plum Jam is now ready and you can purchase it on our online store or at Saturday's market in Nantucket. The tartness of the fruit lends itself to a flavor rich jam or jelly, and is also lovely as a syrup. Our jam is a simple preparation of beach plums, organic cane sugar, Jamaican cinnamon leaf and Madagascar vanilla bean, with a bit of natural arrowroot powder for thickening. As I was cooking down the fruit before straining and seasoning, the natural aroma filling our kitchen was an intoxicating mix of plum and cinnamon, although I had not yet added the cinnamon leaf. It's a special amazing fruit and is in limited supply. So, if you're a fan of beach plums or want to try them for the first time, order now or wait until next season to roll around...
We're giving away a jar of the Wild Nantucket Beach Plum Jam to one lucky winner. You can enter on instagram and can also enter here by signing up for our mailing list (make sure to confirm the subscription in the confirmation email you will receive after signing up) and then leave a comment on this post saying you did so. Open worldwide! Contest will end one week from today (midnight Wednesday 8/27/2014) and winner will be announced by noon on 8/28. Good Luck!