Plums are ripe!

Plum hiding from raccoons

The first ripe plums have been picked, not by me, but by the raccoons (I think). I found tooth marks in a few ripe ones, more marks in a bunch of unripe ones, and still more green plums thrown to the ground. The raccoons were so stupid, they missed a couple of ripe ones.

Since I waited so long to thin them, they’re pretty small. Meanwhile, the basketful of thinned plums have actually softened and ripened as well. I suspect that the fact that they could do that is another sign that I waited too long. They ought to make for tasty plum syrup.

Anyway I got to pick the second batch of ripe plums. And there’s still plenty left on the tree.  Mmmm. Tree-ripened plums.


2 responses to “Plums are ripe!

  1. Plum syrup, now that sounds amazing. I am envisioning some sort of brandy vanilla ice cream with plum syrup drizzled on top. I am hoping to see plums pop up at the farmers’ market any day now.

    Hopefully the raccoons leave the rest of your plums alone!

    • Wow, that sounds decadent!

      So far, the branches appear to be too slender to support raccoons. I’ve retrieved about a quart of fruit that could be either intense little plums or ginormous cherries.