Saturday, July 9, 2011
Over the past few days, over a hundred pounds of shiro plums have made their way to friends and family, to Magpie, and to the food bank. Shiro are an early- to mid-season Japanese plum, maturing about 10 days after my Santa Rosas. They are flavorful and a nice luminous yellow from skin to seed, a colorful complement to any salad or baked thing.
WWOOFer Annie (below) cheerfully carried out an aggressive thinning of the shiro tree six weeks ago.
Half the crop ended up on the ground. It must have seemed brutal at the time, but the result was good-sized fruit and no broken branches.