Succulent and bold flavour with hints of almond.
Bramley & Gage are committed to preserving heritage fruit varieties. We use the Dittisham plum grown on the banks of the River Dart and the Blaisdon Red named after the Gloucestershire village where they were found. Both villages have residents dedicated to preserving their fruity heritage. Seasonal yield variations and restricted supply mean that proportions of fruit vary with each year.
The Dittisham Plum is a species plum and is grown in the sheltered Dart valley village, which gives it its name. On one point the many legends surrounding the arrival of these plums agree. They arrived by sea. The ship’s captain dumped his cargo as he had been unable to sell it and the thrifty villagers took the plums in and gave them a good home. The orchards became famous in their day and people made special expeditions from as far away as Plymouth and Exeter (a long way by horse and cart!), to get their annual supply. The season is very short, rarely lasting more than 10 days.
The Blaisdon Red plum also gets its name from the village where it grows. It is said that the seedlings were discovered by a Mr. John Dowding of Blaisdon in Gloucestershire and first recorded in 1892. Traditionally it was prized by jam makers who valued the high acidity and pectin content. Both plums have dark purple, claret coloured skins with the Blaisdon having a more elongated shape.
Starts with a bold fresh plum sweetness followed by some acidity and hints of prune. Mild almond tones follow with an alcohol lift.
Variety: Dittisham Plum, Blaisdon Red
Grower: Private Orchards of Dittisham and Blaisdon
County: Devon and Gloucestershire