Plums galore!

For the past 11 years, our little plum tree has given us nothing more than a handful of small, bitter plums… but all has changed this summer!  This year, the boughs are literally creaking and breaking under the weight of hundreds of gorgeous, big, juicy plums!  I don’t know why it’s decided that this is the year to provide for us (perhaps it enjoyed the hot, dry spell we had earlier in the year?) but whatever the reason, I’m extremely thankful and determined not to waste a single plum. 

I’ve eaten so many fresh plums and bowls of stewed plums this week that I’m going to start to look like one soon. 😉 

Lil’ L has never been a big fan of fruit but he was at least willing to try a slice of plum…  and he actually liked it!  To engage him more in the joys of plum eating, I decided to involve him in the baking of a plum crumble.  To make it exciting and memorable for him, for the first time ever I let him use a knife and gave him the job of cutting up 25 plums. ( I thought the handling of all those plums might help with his fruit issues. 😉 )  It seems to have done the trick as he was full of enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to try the crumble. 

We ate a large bowlful as soon as it came out of the oven and the verdict…. “mmmmmmm, delicious”.  Success!  Another fruit to add to his small, but growing list of ‘likes’. 🙂 

Our nutrition-packed, dairy-free crumble recipe can be found here.

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4 responses to “Plums galore!

  1. Sharon, those plums are so LOVELY! I can imagine how happy you are to see them. What a great idea to invove L in baking the crumble. I am sure it is a wonderful experience that he will remember and best of all it makes him like this fruit:D Have a wonderful week ahead of you.

  2. I love crumble, such a comforting dessert. My Nan sprinkles pine nuts on the top as well, which is a really nice touch. Never had a plum one though, did you leave the skins on?

  3. YUM! What a delicious looking snack. So good that Lil’ L decided to try it. I have often heard that engaging children in the cooking process encourage them to eat more adventurously.
    Hope you are enjoying your trip!!!

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