Best damson recipes
This simple bake is an easy way to use up a glut of damsons. Use ready-made puff pastry and fill with marzipan, stewed damsons and a sprinkle of ground almonds. Bake for 40 minutes and serve with a generous dollop of custard.
These little autumnal fruits with deep blue skins are juicy and tart – so tart, in fact, that they can’t really be eaten raw. They make wonderful jam though, so get your hands on them while they’re in season.
Cooking releases the tangy flavours of the damson plum, making it the perfect candidate for a heavenly cobbler. Delicious with a dollop of crème fraîche.
This salad of wood pigeon with soft poached eggs and damsons comes from Trinity in Clapham Old Town. If you can’t get hold of fresh damsons, you can use plums – just cut them in half when poaching.