Monday, July 07, 2008

A Bowl of Portugese Plums

Small, Round, Sweet...picture photograph image roadside shopping 2008 copyright of sam breach http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/




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?I'd never seen round plums before, have you?


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A Bowl of Portugese Plums

23 Comments:

  • At 7/7/08 22:10, Blogger Kitt said…

    At a train station somewhere between Xi'an and Urumqi, a lady was selling mesh bags full of something small, round and red. I didn't recognize the name she called it, so I asked her if it was savory or sweet. "Sweet!" What the heck, I bought a bag and got back on the train.

    I rinsed one and took a bite just as we pulled away ... and discovered it was the best plum I'd ever had in my life.

    The platform and the plum-seller receded in the distance. Too late to buy any more.

     
  • At 8/7/08 04:01, Blogger Marco said…

    Have a tree-full of these in our back yard in the city!

     
  • At 8/7/08 04:28, Blogger ashitaka said…

    Dear Sam,
    As a Portuguese reader of your blog (from the North but currently living in Lisbon) I am very happy to see you enjoyed our food!
    Daniel

     
  • At 8/7/08 07:41, Anonymous Amanda B. said…

    I have...in Budapest. A friend and I were so hungry after spending hours soaking in the bath house that we hopped a fence and plucked them off the trees. They were delish.

     
  • At 8/7/08 10:18, Anonymous enidd said…

    no, but they look yummy.

     
  • At 8/7/08 14:44, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They look beautiful!!! Are you going to make some lovely jam from them???

     
  • At 8/7/08 15:00, Blogger Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said…

    How cute!

     
  • At 8/7/08 15:34, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Sam dad really enjoyed them but we didn't get to eat them all unfortunately!

     
  • At 8/7/08 15:40, Anonymous Sara said…

    I don't know if they are the same, but these look a lot like the plums growing in my backyard, and everywhere else in my neighborhood. How small is small? (ours are a little over an inch in diameter).

     
  • At 8/7/08 16:41, Blogger stephfour said…

    Yep, my neighbor has these same cute little plums next door. We had two wonderful Mirabella plum trees at our house before a sad landscaping incident. These are great and seem to be very happy growing in the sunnier San Francisco neighborhoods like Potrero Hill. I wonder if the markets have them or if I need to climb out when my neighbor isn't home to harvest some plums!

     
  • At 8/7/08 16:48, Blogger Sam said…

    stephfour - I havent seen these tiny red ones in the local markets but maybe I have seen the yellow Mirabelle ones? Not sure. I live at the bottom of Potrero so now I am now going to keep my eyes open for overhanging plums when I am walking the hood.

    sara - yes they are about an inch. I never saw any so tiny.

    shame i couldn't bring them back through customs! COuldnt - so no jam for us!

     
  • At 8/7/08 18:56, Blogger cindy* said…

    so tiny! i don't know if they are the same type of plum, but when i was 10ish a "fruitless" plum tree in our backyard began bearing fruit and these are reminiscent of those. they were super juicy, delightful summer orbs of goodness.

     
  • At 8/7/08 19:54, Anonymous Shelly said…

    I haven't, actually. But I'm wondering where you got that beautiful bowl...

     
  • At 8/7/08 20:14, Blogger Stefanie Jane said…

    no - they look like cherries! AMAZING :)

     
  • At 9/7/08 01:47, Anonymous Kerry said…

    mmm...what about a plum clafoutis?

     
  • At 9/7/08 17:53, Blogger Clean ClutterFree Simple said…

    The house I grew up in had several plum trees around it. A yellow (perhaps wild?) plum tree that grew on the banks of our creek, whose branches were just the right height to pluck ripe plums from the bridge over said creek. A lovely purple plum tree that had less than a dozen fruit a year, but such beautiful blossoms. And, a red plum whose fruits were small and lucious. Miss those trees a lot...

     
  • At 9/7/08 18:19, Blogger Zoomie said…

    I have seen a similar fruit on my daily walks but have hesitated to taste them - now I wish I had!

     
  • At 9/7/08 20:12, Blogger Lina said…

    Actually, now that I think about it I haven't seen a perfectly round plum before...

     
  • At 10/7/08 00:51, Blogger Beccy said…

    They were delicious.

     
  • At 13/7/08 07:43, Blogger Karen said…

    I saw little round plums at the farmers market yesterday (I took a few home and they got eaten before I could even get a taste).

    So cute and bite-sized. A bowl of these might be better than peanuts with summertime cocktails.

     
  • At 16/7/08 06:05, Blogger yehudis said…

    Throughout plum season here in Israel, we usually have about seven or eight varieties that cycle through the markets. One of them are those little round ones that are usually best eaten fairly firm, and they're tart-sweet here.
    I prefer the "Hungarian" oval plums for baking, though...

     
  • At 16/7/08 14:51, Anonymous Sara said…

    We just picked the ripe plums from our backyard and made some jam, they are wonderful. Just need a taller ladder to get to the top of the tree. If you are ever wandering through the Golden Gate District in Oakland during June and July, there are lots of these trees full of plums for the picking (no one in my neighborhood seems to pick the plums or loquats from the trees that are all over the place, shame).

     
  • At 25/7/08 14:52, Blogger Kit Kat said…

    Absolutely beautiful photo!

     

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