Damsons - the underrated British fruit

August 19, 2019


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

1/2 lemon



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



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