Damson Jam

Jam again! Sorry if it’s boring you a bit now.

We have been away in the caravan for a few days to refresh ourselves before the school re-opens. Whilst we were there we came across lots of damson trees. Well actually I think they were damseens. Never the less, I wasn’t going to let the chance pass by and asked the site manager if we could bring a few home with us.


I think they look like big juicy grapes hanging in bunches!

Some of the fruit was so ripe it was falling from the branch as we picked them. I picked a couple of bags full but it’s such a shame if the rest get wasted.

On to making it;

3lb damsons/damseens

3 lb sugar

1/4 pint water

2 tbl sp lemon juice

blob of butter

Usual thing. Pick over the fruit, remove any that are bad, take off the stalks then wash them. Put them in your largest pan with the water. Stew until soft. Mush them down a bit then add the sugar.

When the sugar has dissolved add lemon juice and butter then you can slowly bring it up to boil. Pick the stones out now, the heat makes them float so it is easier to see them. You don’t have to remove them if you don’t want to. I usually take about half out though.

Boil it up, mine took somewhere between 8-10 mins. Test on a cold saucer for wrinkling or flake test on your wooden spoon. Pot into hot sterilised jars. Enjoy!

Just for the record, my little man says this is the best jam I ever made!


To leave you with happy thoughts here is a picture of Bala Lake where we had our picnic.


7 Responses

  1. Nom 😀

  2. Oh lovely. I love jams.

  3. Hi there! Me too. There is something lovely about opening a jar of summer flavour when it’s wintery outside. This jam is a real winner in our house 😉

  4. Hello

    Would you kindly let me know where you saw the Damseens.

    Many thanks and best wishes.

    The Tree Fruit Society of Wales.

  5. […] oven for about 20 mins, wafting the smell out of the windows all the time. Cool and spread with the Damson Jam you made. You aren’t going to want the big stones on there so don’t forget to suck them like […]

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