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Help identifying a fruit tree
Mon 18-Jul-11
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janineill

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sunny norfolk!

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They do look like mirabelles, but didn't know they had thorns, I will check another mirabelle tree tomorrow.

Tue 19-Jul-11
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This is becoming more and more intriguing!

I'll try that again!

Tue 19-Jul-11
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They aren't thorns, they are just little shoots that grew optimistically before we had no rain and have now dried out and are sharp and thorny... wild plum.

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Tue 19-Jul-11
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Thank you - I just picked as many as I could see, I suppose I got about 1kg.

You're right the 'thorns' are very sharp but they don't seem to have put the wood pigeons off! The flavour isn't great but I'll certainly make some jam with them unless anyone else has any good ideas for them?

 

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Janine

Wed 20-Jul-11
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round here in France many hedgerows for fields have been planted with these cherries; all colours ranging from yellow through to almost black and with a similar range of tastes.  All can be used for jam bit we generally taste them first to see the flavour and only pick the tastier ones.  Last week we found what looked like a yummy deep purple wild plum; sadly on tasting it it was woolly and tasteless; yuk!flaming_nora

Thu 18-Aug-11
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next question, what is smaller than a sloe , in fact fingernail sized purple loved by birds and has a stone, spotted in hedgerow today , sorry no pics im technically challenged , bush does not have thorns

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Kaye, might they be wild damsons?  Not that I know anything about them, but Fiona has an article on her blog about them right now!

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Kaye it is possible that you've seen Cherry Laurel and I'm fairly sure that they are not good to eat.

I'll try that again!

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If the leaves were thick and shiny and the shrub large,almost a tree and the berries in clusters on stems it was probably cherry laurel- for birds only.

If a shrub with small green leaves more like an apple leaf it might be a Buckthorn.

It could be a number of other things too....many of them most definately not for human consumption....

Really need a picture to be sure!

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Fri 2-Sep-11
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Looking at the photos they look very like something that grows near here.

I was told about them by a chap I know last year and he told me that he knew them as Stanwick Plums. Obviously a local name as the village of Stanwick is just down the road. Oddly though this hedge is nowhere near Stanwick. what_the_heck 

I have watched the hedge since last year and the fruits are just coming ripe about now although still a little sour.

What exactly they are I don't know and neither do I know what use they will be yet. There are edible though as I've sampled one or two and I've not been struck down dead. 

 

Earlier last year I found what I thought were large sloes except that they were sweet to taste. My friend suggested that they were a sort of wild damson but I now think they might be cherry plums. They made a damn good gin whatever they were. cheers

As I say they look like sloes but are larger and have a sweet plum flavour and texture. There are no thorns on the bush and the flowers in spring are similar to blackthorn but appear a little earlier. 

Can anybody confirm my suspicion that they are cherry plums please???

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