Reine Claude keep falling on my head

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Reine Claude plums (aka Greengages)

I’m avoiding walking under the ancient pear tree at the moment. Too hazardous. If ┬áthe falling pears don’t get you on the noggin, then the wasps feasting on the rotten fruit might.

So, when Andy and Dallas started collecting the plums, I was hesitant to participate, being au fait with the perils to be had in an orchard. Indeed, for every plum plucked by hand, two fell of their own accord.

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Genepi is more gung ho than me, so braved standing near the trees.

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They collected basket after basket of fruit, mostly greengages, but also some Bramley apples, dark plums and pears. Now the kitchen table is laden. Question is what to do with it all. Dallas ran a few ideas past me, but frankly, for fruit-based recipes I’m next to useless.

Although I do like to help in the kitchen.

We have just finished a big batch of Greengage, Apple, Chilli & Ginger chutney and some Greengage & Vanilla Jam.

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Mouse helped to reduce the glut, by turning a plum into a football. For about 2 minutes. Then it squished all over the tiles.

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Greengage & Apple Chutney, with chilli and ginger

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Tangy, with a good hot kick. Its worth taking the stones out of the greengages. And allowing the chutney to mature for a couple of months.

Greengage & Bramley Apple Chutney, with chilli and ginger

  • Servings: 8 jars
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2kg greengages
  • 6 Bramley apples, cored and chopped
  • Fresh Ginger, handful, some grated, some chopped
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 400g sultanas
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 red chillies, chopped
  • cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsps each mustard seeds, ground coriander, cumin, cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 75cl cider vinegar
  • 1 kg sugar

Directions :

Put everything together in a large pan and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for a couple of hours, Ladle into warm, sterilised jars and seal.

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