June Plum (Jew Plum) - Have It The Jamaican Way
by Denise Salmon
Ripe June Plum (Peeled)
June Plum was actually brought to Jamaica by Captain Bligh in 1782 - yes the same breadfruit man :-)
But funny enough, this tangy tasting fruit is not called June Plum in other places, it is actually called Jew Plum, Golden Apple, Kedondong and even Hog Plum. This fruit was said to have been first found in Hawaii.
The tree grows quickly and it can be quite tall although we are seeing more and more of the dwarfed versions in Jamaica today.
That dwarfed version is ideal for those who love it but don't have enough space in the backyard to cultivate the giant tree or who prefer not to interfere with the neighbors space.
In Jamaica we enjoy the fruit in many different ways.
I may be stewed with sugar - yes stewed :-), made into jellies, jams or pickles or (my favourite) - juiced!
Kids here love to have it green - peeled with salt.
June Plum is a good source of vitamin C and Iron and it said to be able to relieve the effects of high blood pressure, heart conditions, urinary tract problem and even diabetes!
Here now are two (2) simple Jamaican recipes for June Plum; first the June Plum Juice and then the Stewed June Plum
Go ahead and try them nuh?
June Plum Juice Recipe
- 4 June Plums (washed and diced with the seed (at core) removed)
- Small amount of ginger ( washed peeled and finely chopped)
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups water
Combine June Plums, water and ginger in a blender, blend until smooth.
Strain into a container then add sugar and serve with ice.
Stewed June Plum Recipe
- 2 tbsp. White Rum
- 2 dozen green June plum washed and peeled
- 1 lb. Brown sugar - depending on how you like it
- 2 Pimento or Bay leaves
- 2 tspn. Vanilla
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- Enough water to cover plums
- Pinch of salt
- 2oz. ginger crushed
- In large pot, combine water and plums, boil until water is reduced by half
- Add all other ingredients except the rum
- Continue boiling until the liquid thickens
- It is best to place it in a refrigerator for a while before it is served
- Add rum (if wanted) and leave to cool
And if you are coming to Jamaica, be sure to ask for some rich June Plum juice - and have it the Jamaican way!
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