Even if both have the same ancestry, there are differences between plums and damsons. Not only are the fruits different on the outside, they also differ in taste and purpose.
Differences between plum and damson
Plums and damsons come from the wild cherry plum and from the sloe. At least that’s what botanists suspect. The plum is a subspecies of the plum, so the fruits look very similar. You can recognize the plum by the following characteristics:
- Plums are larger than damsons and are evenly rounded. They can be yellow, red, purple, blue or black. A furrow can also be seen on the fruit.
- They taste juicy and sweet. The core in the middle is difficult to separate from the pulp.
- They also contain a lot of water and are very soft. Therefore, they are less suitable for cakes. Instead, they are very suitable for jam, compote or liqueur.
- We have summarized for you in an article how you can best process plums and preserve them.
This is how you recognize plums
Plums also have characteristics by which you can distinguish them from other fruits:
- Plums are slightly smaller than plums. They are also more oval and taper at the ends. They are usually blue or dark purple. A furrow is hardly recognizable.
- They taste sweet and sour and have firm flesh. The core comes off very easily.
- They are particularly good for baking cakes because they don’t soggy the bottom as much as plums. You can also make various desserts from plums.