August 6th, 2014
The letter is D and I had to think long and hard before I could come up
with fruits that begin with the letter D.
All I could think of at first was Dragon Fruit. and I have only tried that once and didn't think it was worth the money I had to pay for it at the Super Store.
So I had to turn to Mister Google, and he came up with all sorts of suggestions. I was immediately drawn to the Dangleberry (sometimes called the Dingleberry) but when I began to research the Dangleberry I found all sorts of rude allusions to it.
But here is a Scottish group of musicians known as The Dangleberries, dressed in kilts and playing the kind of music my grandkids go for. (Except for this one which I really like....)
And besides, I discovered the Dangleberry is known as the good old Huckleberry on this side of the Atlantic, and I'm not sure if huckleberries make good pie and jam or if they are just good for painting fences as in Huckleberry Finn.
Dates seemed quite sedate, and then I thought of Damson plums. Lots of recipes for Damson jam but I suspect they are not all on the up-and-up as they talk airily about cutting them in two and discarding the stone, and we all know the Damson Plum is a clingstone and the devil to part from it's stone.
However I did find a recipe for Damson liquor that seemed to have a way around this nasty stone business.
What you do is lightly stab your Damsons (with a straight pin, a hat pin, or a rusty nail and put them in a sterilized jar (scratch the rusty nail!) of sufficient size to hold both damsons and alcohol. Choose your poison (alcohol); brandy, vodka or gin, according to your taste and pour it over the fruit.
Seal up the jar and set it away in a cool dark spot for a month or two.
Strain it,- discard the plums, taste the liqueur and add as much sugar as seems good to you.
Somewhat the same as making Sloe Gin.
This information came from a blog entitled 'Seasonal Ontario Food' and contained a few more precious tid-bits about Damson plums if you want to expand your knowledge.....
For more about the letter D visit here at ABC Wednesday with thanks to Denise, Roger and all their darling helpers.