8 Wild Plum Projects to Try This Fall

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My dad and I took the kids out to pick wild plums. We brought about 2.5 gallons home and ate who-knows-how-many. Many of them were not quiiiiiiiiiiiite ready yet, so we'll go back this weekend or early next week to pick more.

Picking plums is really quite a chore, since the branches are pretty thorny and it's stressful to hold a baby when you're really getting into the thick of it. When they are perfectly ripe, they also tend to fall off the tree quite easily, so if you bump it just wrong, all the best plums fall right into the dirt. Toddlers wandering into the brush can be a challenge.

Bringing them home with sweet, sticky faces 100% makes it all worth it, though.

And you get plums! For free! They're good!

If I was a more patient and committed person, I'd probably make plum wine. But, I'm not, so I'll opt instead for a project I can complete in an afternoon or so. I still haven't really decided, to be honest. Mercury says we should make plum jelly because he wants to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He's a smart kid, so we'll probably go with that.

For now, I'll leave you (and myself) a roundup of some interesting plum projects to consider.  it's the plums that are wild, not the projects and recipes.

Do you pick wild plums? WHAT are you going to do with them? Do you also involve small, mischievous children in the process? I want to know.


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Kylie Wiser is an herbalist specializing in skincare and women's health. She shares recipes and resources on Everblossom to help others live a more holistic lifestyle. She lives in Fargo, ND with her huge family and lots of houseplants.

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