Hi, I have just read the "Help! Damson? Bullace?..etc thread and didn't want to hijack it, but I've got a similar problem.
I was out foraging today around the footpaths and parks, and I came accross a small yellow fruit, oval, about an inch long. I've read that Bullaces can be other than 'plum' coloured. Inside is fleshy like a plum and has a stone, similar to a plum or Damson. They're very sweet. I managed to gather about 1kg just in windfall, and I've noticed 2 or three other trees, so it would be a good source of fruit. The only thing I've found on the net that looks similar is a Mirabelle Plum (on Wikipedia), but there's no mention of them growing in the UK.
I'll try and post some pictures if the technology behaves itself, but has anyone out there found yellow Bullaces, or Mirabelle plums before?
My neighbours have a Mirabelle tree growing at the end of their garden & that still has some fruit on it. I used some in some chutney as they couldn't be bothered to use them (with their permission, of course).
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Thanks guys; this is what I found. As I said, they're very sweet and the flesh is yellow, and has a plum like stone. They are very ripe so I think it's probably the end of their season, but it'll be one to remember for next year. I'm making a little map of good foraging resources around Basingstoke. I'm amazed at how much there is in an urban area " elderberry, Damson, crab apple, sloes, rosehips, rowan, hawthorn, blackberry.
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