So, what do I mean by it’s Raining Plums?

It's Raining Plums
Davidson Plums

I was soo excited the other morning to find that my Davidson plum tree has finally given me some fruit!

This tree has been in my garden for 6 years. While it has been happily growing skyward, up to this year, it has refused to give me any fruit.

Everyone else has been boasting about the fruit they have picked, often off younger trees. So last winter I gave my tree a severe talking to, and told it that unless it started to fruit we would be considering its future! I’m not sure if that is what worked, but it has given finally me some plums! Yay

So what is a Davidson Plum?

For those who haven’t heard of Davidson plums, or haven’t tried them, they are an Australian native rainforest tree. The tree a produces a very tart plum-like fruit. Davidson plums were an important part of bush-tucker that has found its way onto high class restaurant tables!

They look very similar to a blood plum in colour, with a beautiful dark purple skin and blood red flesh and soft juicy pulp when ripe. However the fruit is generally considered too tart to eat raw, although the aboriginals didn’t seem to mind the tartness!

It's Raining Plums
Plum jam

It makes a fabulous jam that makes normal plum jam taste bland by comparison.

Possible Health benefits?

Most noteworthy though is the fact that the Davidson plum is being researched for its possible health benefits. It is high in antioxidants, being rich in both anthocyanins and lutein. These are two micronutrients which are believed to protect against age-related diseases such as dementia, deterioration of sight and heart disease as well as some cancers.

Davidson plums are an excellent source of potassium. They are also a significant non-dairy source of calcium. The plums are a good source of Vitamin E and zinc, which help improve skin health and reduce the signs of aging.  Finally, the Davidson plums are being researched for their potential ability to reduce high blood pressure and obesity.

If you should be lucky enough to stumble across a source of Davidson plums, whether fresh or as a jam or cordial then I recommend you try them out. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but so may your health.

Happy gardening 🙂

Rohanne, your Personal Garden Expert