There is a plum-tree on my street that is laden with both ripe & ripening fruit. It is a beautiful tree with limbs that spread outward providing shade for its owners. For me, a blatant urban fruit forager, this tree provides me with the base for a delicious plum jam. So, while it was 100 degrees in the shade outside, I quickly picked the plums & spent the day inside in the cool making jam. This is how the “plum” got “jammed”.
For great jam recipes go to your favorite cookbooks or online. Look for a recipe that is simple & easy using basically fruit & sugar that can be put-up in inexpensive canning jars. I made my jam from a recipe in “jams and preserves” published by Love Food, an imprint of Parragon Books Ltd. I do not know if you can find this particular book, but there are many, many other recipes for jams readily available. As always with any recipe I made a few adjustments & changes to suit my taste.
Urban foraging should be done with respect to the owner(s) of property on which you are foraging when possible..meaning if the fruit tree, berry bush, walnut tree is on private property. I always ask if I can have some of the fruits I see hanging ripe & heavy on trees in my neighborhood, but amazingly enough there are many places to forage freshly that fall on public land (to me this means along roadways, alleys & freeways), not state & city parks. Last year I foraged plums, pears, apples, berries & peaches & lots of fresh-cut flowers both wild and domestic. If you see any wonderful foraging (fruits, vegetables & flowers only) opportunities and you are not interested just drop me an email and I will check it out or pass it on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks & Bon Apetito, y’all.