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We've been given permission!

Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 5:47 pm
by Milims
Today as I drove into the village I stopped to tell the farmer that one of his sheep had escaped - again :roll: and while there I asked if we could forage some of his greengages when they were ready in exchange for a couple of jars of jam of course. He said that we were very welcome to them but said that he knew them as horse plums and that his grandfather had planted them so that during harvest time the workers could pick and eat them as a snack. I thought that this was a lovely story but I'm left wondering if anyone else has heard of horse plums?

Re: We've been given permission!

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:02 am
by Millymollymandy
No, but just wanted to say - Yippee!! :cheers: Greengage jam (with big lumps of fruit in) is about my all time fave jam. :iconbiggrin:

Re: We've been given permission!

Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:48 am
by MKG
Google only gives American Plum and Canadian Plum.

I checked with the oracle of north-east matters that is my mother (she's from those wild parts) and she's never heard of them.

No help here, then :iconbiggrin:

Mike

Re: We've been given permission!

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:49 pm
by Archanejil
Not horse plums, but I know that in some parts of Norfolk crab apples were sometimes referred to as horse apples. Maybe for similar reasons...?

Re: We've been given permission!

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 9:00 am
by The Riff-Raff Element
Archanejil wrote:Not horse plums, but I know that in some parts of Norfolk crab apples were sometimes referred to as horse apples. Maybe for similar reasons...?
...and in the part of Norfolk where I grew up, anything that wasn't a "proper" plum (ie Victoria-type) was called a Horse Plum.

Hang on, let's help Google:

"Horse Plum" was a name given to greegages, bullaces and other plums not of the Victoria type in Norfolk and probably in other parts of the UK

There.

Helpful is my middle name.