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Old 07-14-2010, 10:11 PM   #41
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unka bob, would you call damson plums a type of the wild plums you were talking about? i've had those, both fresh and in white lightning, and both were delicious...

I've had Damson plum preserves and they are very good stuff. They are the little dark purple plums we used to call prune plums.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:51 AM   #42
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Uncle Bob, I can't say why you don't see a lot of wild plum thickets, but if there's none along the fences or roads in straight lines, it is because nobody's planting them. It's too bad. Also, the "wild plum" seedlings you buy at the nursery now are, I'm told, not necessarily 100% wild. They have some cultivated-plum genes from having been planted in yards as pollinators. If you want real wild plums, you have to go deep into some uncivilized place.

Now, Bob, if you went out on your bike and came back with a 5-gallon bucket o' plums, what did you do with the bike? Surely you aren't telling us you somehow mounted 40 lb. of plums in a giant bucket on your bicycle.
They were never in straight lines....they were not planted by the local ladies club (or anyone) to create an Avenue Of Wild Plums..This was/is "uncivilized" rural Mississippi you understand.....They were "Wild" plums...appearing in grown up fence lines. Along the edges of woods, in thickets etc. There was no method to the madness of where they appeared...Many fruit fell to the ground, rotted, and some of the seed would sprout...creating thickets. Ya think? Birds would devour them and while perched on a string of barbed wire (fence) next to a 400 acre cotton field the seed were dropped there..Ya think maybe? I really dunno...Over the years they have disappeared in great numbers...Perhaps the county bulldozing for widening roads etc. Maybe fence rows cleaned off by farmers to facilitate fence repair/replacement...Less bees, less pollination, diseases, old age, agricultural encroachment I dunno. Probably a combination off all of the above, and more....

The old Schwinn bicycle had a basket on it....A 5 gallon bucket full of anything, a 50 lb sack of Bull Dog Soda, or the little red headed girl up the road was never "a hill ..for a climber"
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:19 PM   #43
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Well, Bob, I will stand corrected.

Your uncivilized rural Mississippi is nothing compared to where I grew up. I still wonder how I ever found my way out of the bush, lived in a big city for 20 years, then landed up surrounded by forest again. Ah, well.

You must be quite a specimen, I must say, to be able to balance your bicycle with such heavy loads!

Re your signature: There is only one Quality worse than Hardness of Heart, and that is Softness of Head.

I would add: You don't want to be so open-minded that your brains fall out.


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Old 07-15-2010, 01:27 PM   #44
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You must be quite a specimen, I must say, to be able to balance your bicycle with such heavy loads!
Aw shucks ma'am....twern't nothin for a growing Southern boy!
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:16 PM   #45
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Charlie, thank you for posting your recipe. It sounds fantastic.

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Favourite jelly

Red pepper/apricot/jalepeno jelly....yummy
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Red pepper/apricot/jalepeno jelly....yummy
What do you serve with your red pepper and jalopeno jellies?

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Hi Kathleen:
It's only one jelly with those three things in it. I serve it with chicken, with cream cheese....over warmed brie or camambear(sp)...with a fig cream cheese.....guess one could find quite a few different ways of using it.
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Whenever I visit one of the Rocky Mountain states, I buy a couple jars of huckleberry jam. Good stuff, but I have no idea what they are; the only 'huckleberry' I know is a dog.
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oh, then i really don't want to know what their huckleberries are.

they have funny ideas about oysters out there as well...
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