Damson Jam

So a few weeks ago I noticed a small tree in the garden was starting to bear fruit.  I had no idea what kind of tree it was and if the fruit was edible so I waited and watched the fruit ripen.  I googled extensively trying to find out what on earth the fruit was! Sloes, damsons, plums, bullaces, a hybrid?! To be honest, I’m still not completely sure if it is a plum or a damson so if you recognise it from the pictures, let me know in the comments!
I think perhaps it is some sort of plum/damson hybrid that seeded in our garden.  We have another large damson tree at the bottom of the garden and the fruit is nowhere near ripe yet and looks different. But I’m not a gardener so who knows! It’s definitely edible and after noticing it was ripe enough that the birds were starting to go for it, I decided to pick the fruit and make some jam.

Truth be told, I haven’t had much success with jam-making over the years.  The last time I tried to make elderberry jam, I ended up making a massive elderberry flavoured boiled sweet! Not good.  So this time I vowed to be more careful and not boil the jam for too long.  The jam didn’t set every time I tested it on a cold plate, so after about 25 minutes I gave up and poured the liquidy ‘jam’ into my prepared jars.

I left it on the counter in the kitchen all day and then yesterday evening I opened one to see if it had set at all and it had! It’s a jam miracle! The one I opened had actually set beautifully and it was a really tasty damson plum jam! I don’t know how it happened but I am definitely encouraged that I don’t always fail at making jam.  I’m going to enjoy the tasty jam made from the mystery tree in my garden!

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