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21 August 2008 @ 04:51 pm
Ripening plums that got "picked" too early?  
This is our first year with a plum tree, and we had about 2 dozen growing very nicely until last night/this morning. Something came and knocked down about half of them, ate most of those, and broke one of the branches holding some of the other ripening fruit. As I was trying to rig a net over the last branch of fruit, it broke off. :/

So now I have two branches of unripe plums off the tree. Is there any way to ripen them artificially? They are varieties that are purple when ripe (it's a multi-variety tree); on one branch the fruit has turned yellow with some pink flushing, on the other the green fruits are just starting to turn yellow. I'd really like to salvage some of this fruit if it's at all possible.
bunnbunn on August 22nd, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about the green ones, but the yellow ones should ripen if you pop them in a bag with a ripe banana. Bananas give off a gas that encourages other fruits to get on with it and get ripe.
pirateguillermopirateguillermo on August 22nd, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
If they're not quite ripe, try making them into jam. The unripe plums are best, because they're tart and help the pectin set up. We just made some amazing plum jam from some unripe plums.
Corrieblue_chicory on September 18th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Sorry this is late, but you could try slicing and drying some, if they aren't too underripe, they would make good sour dry fruit.