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They look like unripe cherries and taste like super sour plums. The tree is small (15' high) with dark red long-oval-ish leaves. Help! What have I found?
Today, we're thrilled to introduce a new column here on the HOMEGROWN blog called "Slice Of Life" written by Emily Hilliard. Emily Hilliard is a folklorist, writer, fiddler, and baker currently residing in Washington, D.C. She earned an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina, where she studied the revivalism of American vernacular music, women's domestic creativity and foodways. She writes the pie blog Nothing-in-the-House.

Emily introduces herself:

There are so many reasons why I like pie. First of all, pie is seasonal. It ties us to time and place, whether that’s peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall, or muscadines in North Carolina, gooseberries in Indiana. Pie also ties us to people. When you make a pie, you are calling upon all that past knowledge from so many women and men of past generations, and maybe that is your mother or father, grandmother or grandfather, or someone you never knew. Then when you share the pie you’ve made, you’re inviting others to also experience that expression of time and place, tradition and love with you, and eat it, making it a part of you. I think that’s so wild. Seven years ago, my friend Margaret and I started Nothing-in-the-House, a pie blog, to keep in touch through the pies we baked and explore some of these themes. Though we don’t hear much from Margaret anymore, I continue this exploration of pie through a lens of baking, history, folklore, and popular culture. I’m excited to be sharing some of my posts old and new with HOMEGROWN, and you can always find more on my blog Nothing-in-the-House.
And now, on to pie! http://bit.ly/NrjN5Y

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Comment by Torry on June 11, 2012 at 9:29am

You've got yourself some wild plums there, Cornelia.  Plum, peach, and cherry trees will often escape off to the wild, and much like any other organism that goes ferrel, they get a good bit gamey and coarse.

Comment by Cornelia on June 11, 2012 at 9:39am

Torry, Kostas on Facebook has given me some interesting info: Cherry Plums!

Looks like I'll need to be patient - they won't be ready to harvest for another month at least! What should I do with these poor guys? Could I make a sour jam? Thanks!

Comment by Aliza Ess on June 12, 2012 at 1:31pm

Oh cool! Sour jam sounds yum. Wonder if they ripen a little more they will get a bit sweeter?


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