Can someone suggest a plum to substitute for wild plums for making plum jam?

I no longer have access to wild plums but would like to at least get a suggestion of their unique flavor when I make plum jam. So far I haven't been successful although the jam is good. Can anyone suggest a plum similar to a wild plum?

  • Posted by: ATL
  • August 28, 2012


em-i-lis August 30, 2012
not sure shiro or formosa plums are still available in your area (they're gone here in DC) but they are fabulous and great for making jam!
Tina Z. August 30, 2012
You may want to consider trying pluots as a substitute. I made a pluot jam and added fresh thyme. It was delicious served on a baguette with some Brie.
ATL August 29, 2012
Thanks everyone. Very helpful suggestions! I'm going to experiment and it should be interesting.
Maedl August 29, 2012
Damson plums should work. I made a spiced jam with damsons several years ago that was especially good. Damsons have loads off pectin, so it is an easy jam to make.
jamcook August 29, 2012
One year I made plum jam with lots of different varieties...whatever I could find..little Mirabelles, sugar plums, some Santa Rosas and another variety that remains nameless. it was a wonderful hybrid taste and an extraordinary color. sometimes Serendipity is the mother of invention. good luck
Diana B. August 28, 2012
If you can find sour greengage plums, I would think they'd work well. Very hard to come by where I am, at least, but worth a try.
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