Question: Natal plum jam is the bomb, it's so good. How many plants would I need in order to be able to can at least a gallon worth?
NICK: Natal plum is a really interesting fruit, because when you bite into it, it looks like there's a milky poisonous substance coming out of it. But it's actually kind of sweet and tart at the same time. You're going to need a lot of plants to make a gallon of this stuff, because the fruit of this plant, they don't ripen all at the same time. They're kind of like the indeterminate tomatoes where they'll ripen for you throughout a long season. I guess if I was to plan this out, I would say at least 4 plants and following the recipe below for small batches.
Are you ready to harvest some sweet and delicious natal plums? If so, then it’s important to know when the fruit is ripe for picking. Natal plums are a wonderful addition to any kitchen garden, as they are full of flavor and nutrition. Plus, they can be used in a variety of recipes such as jams or jellies!
The key indicator that your natal plum is ripe enough for harvesting is the color of its skin – it should turn from greenish-yellow into an orangey-red hue when fully mature. Additionally, you can lightly press on the skin with your finger; if it gives slightly under pressure then this means that your natal plum has reached peak ripeness and should be picked right away!
Once harvested, why not try making some tasty homemade jam using freshly picked natal plums? It’s surprisingly easy – all you need are: 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (thawed) Nata Plums; 1 cup sugar; ¼ cup lemon juice & ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional). Simply combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling point has been reached before reducing heat & simmering gently for about 20 minutes until thickened slightly. Once cooled down completely pour into sterilized jars & enjoy with toast or scones - yum!
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