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Plum Wild

There are many species and varieties of native plums across the United States. One which is common in the central to southern states and on into northern Mexico is the Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana), also known as the Bigtree Plum. I knew the several plum trees on my semi-wooded lots flowered last spring, but I was surprised to notice just recently how well the trees had fruited. These tasty small fruits can be eaten fresh from the trees or used to make delicious jelly and jams. They can also be used to make wine. An interesting factor that can be used to identify the species of these native plums is that they produce a beautiful shade of mauve as they progress in ripening from yellow-green to purple. I’ll be racing to harvest these for jam before they’re consumed by wildlife.

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