Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees & flowers, & honeybees. Gardening for peace of mind.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Shiro plums. Only a handfull of others on the tree. That's really all I need right now. They are only in their 3rd year. This was the branch most in the sun. It was rainy during pollination time. That might have been an issue. I tried hand pollinating, don't know if that helped. My idea is next spring if it is raining during blossom time, cover with plastic.
These plums are amazingly good. I never thought I liked plums. Then someone brought in a bag of Shiro plums to work, a few years ago. They were very good. So I bought this tree. It's worth it. Eating them is almost like drinking a very sweet wine, with no astringency, like a muscat.
Fresh figs and plums, seconds after picking them. There are only a few. That's all I need at a time. This makes ripe fig breba this year as #1 Latturula (this week) #2 King (this week) #3 & #4 Vancouver (probably Brunswick) and Petite negri. The bigger brown one is Vancouver, the black one is Petite negri. The plums are small. Probably because I didn't water the tree during the heat. That may be why they are so sweet as well.
Taste test for these varieties. I thought I would like the Brunswick (the light brown interior) better, based on memory from previous years. I like the Petite negri better. The Brunswick is sweet as honey, amazingly sweet. But I think the Petite negri is more "figgy" and still very sweet, with a better texture. Given a choice, I would take the Petite negri. They are all good.