An old song says "The best things in life are free.." and we tend to agree. One of the life's best simple pleasures is eating a ripe plum, fresh off the tree. This Instructable will teach you how to how to do just that! Try it out, it's not as complicated as it looks!
Step 1: Locate Plums
If you know of plum tree in your neighborhood, you may skip this step. Otherwise, locate plum tress in your neighborhood by going to Public Trees Map
at the Neighborhood Fruit website
. Put your zipcode and distance (ex. 94110 and 1) and search. Take note of the tree addresses and get ready for your adventure!
Step 2: Find a Ripe Plum Tree
Ride your bike to your destination. The easiest way to locate the tree is to look for fruit on the sidewalks! Plum trees start to bear fruit in late June. Once you spot the purple stains on the sidewalk, look up! Looking for ripe plums is like seeing fish underwater. You have to see without seeing.
Step 3: Pick the Tree
Because cherry plums are so small, it is often a good idea to line the picker basket with a plastic bag.
Step 4: Wipe and Bite
Take the darkest, lushest looking plum out of your basket, wipe it on your jeans and bite into it.
Step 5: Take a Second Bite
Take a second bite. Enjoy that divine tart sweetness!
Step 6: Pop the Whole Plum
If there is anything left by this point, finish it!
Step 7: Masticate!
Step 8: Remove the Pit
Remove the pit and save for planting/composting. Repeat as needed.
Step 9: (Optional) Register a Tree
Do you know of trees on public land that aren't showing up on the Public Tree Map
? Please register it
so that others can enjoy it too!