Its the season for plums now, so what can we do with an abundance of this fruit. There are many varieties of plums to choose from. Many people grow this fruit in their backyard too. Apart from eating this juicy fruit, we can preserve them in jars which can be used later on. Note: ensure you store fruit in a clean, sterilized, dry jar with fitting lids.

Here are some examples:

  1. Fruit liqueur – Wash the fruit well, dry well with a clean tea towel. Place in a large jar, sprinkle with sugar, pour in a bottle of vodka (the cheapest you can find) close, give it a few shakes for a few days till the sugar dissolves, then put away for a few months. After a few months this will become a lovely plum liqueur. Strain into a bottle. Also serve as a dessert with fresh yogurt, cream or ice-cream.
  2. Stewed fruit – add fruit to water in a saucepan, add sugar and cinnamon (optional), cook until tender. When cool, pour into individual containers and freeze.
  3. Sweet and sour sauce – Cook with chilies, garlic, onion, vinegar, ginger and a little sweet soy sauce.