Plums, nectarines, peaches that do not double as hockey pucks.

reyesuela(z7a)May 6, 2012

What I want are suggestions from the plum/peach/nectarine/apricot family that are SWEET, JUICY, and SOFT. A proper plum should be eaten over the sink with super-sweet juice dripping down your chin.

I have not had a proper plum in more than 10 years. :-( All the ones I've had recently have been hard and either bitter or just plain flavorless. I want it to taste like an explosion of plum in the mouth, like what I had off the parking strip plums and my grandparents' house as a kid! I don't care if it starts spoiling five seconds after leaving the tree--I want it to be edible, dang it!

Suggestions? :-P

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

It would help if we knew where you live. Zone doesn't tell everything by any means.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 10:10AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

It sounds like you remember home-grown plums and recently have only eaten the sorry grocery store version. Any home-grown plum is a taste treat compared to grocery store plums. Hard vs soft doesn't matter so much, its picked when ripe or not that matters. In any case most plums in nursery catalogs are soft. To me the quintessential dripping juice plum is Santa Rosa.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 10:57AM
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Good to know that the problem is mostly picked unripe versus ripe! THe grocery stores would SOMETIMES carry good plums when I was a kid--now they never do.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 11:47AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

Satsuma! Burgundy! Hollywood! And the go to Plum of the ages Santa Rosa!! But then again it depends on if you like red plums or yellow? Japanese or Euro? Alot of Euro prunes are pretty tasty but I would say more "spicy"

Start with a Santa Rosa and then keep buying!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 12:41PM
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I've only had home-grown red plums, and since all the grocery store ones are horrid, I can't say! I like strong taste--I actually like tart flavors as long as they aren't bitter and unripe, and please not WATERY.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 11:33PM
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Santa rosa is excellent, you will see red on it when it is ripe. Never saw that until I grew them. Burgundy is awesome and stays on tree like pluots for a while. Methley is so juicy, my wife calls it her tree and does not want me to eat any. Beauty is good but not as good as Santa Rosaas far as I am concerned. I don't buy peaches, nectarines or p,ums for grocery store they just are not the same as home grown. Ate one early nectarine tonight it was so good.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 12:05AM
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