This week we had the chance to meet with Rosemary.
Rosemary has Damsons trees in her garden and collect everyday towards the end of the summer the beautiful plum-like fruits. We bought 10 kilos of this traditional British fruit for making compote during our "Food Waste Cooking Workshop"!
Damsons have a distinctive, astringent taste, and are widely used for culinary purposes, particularly in fruit preserves or jam. Rosemary explains "They are the size of a walnut with yellow-green flesh"
Damson Compote Recipe by Elysia
1 kilo of Damson
Slow cook the damsons, you can keep the stole inside for extra flavours and add the juice of half a lemon & a pinch of nutmeg. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes and serve hot or cold with yoghurt or biscuits.
Recipe idea from Rosemary: Piercing ripe damson fruits with a pin, add gin and sugar then leave to mature for heavenly damson gin! (More information in the Garden magazine).
More information about Damsons on http://boroughmarket.org.uk/articles/damsons