Plum Jam Recipes

Plum Jam
Photo: erin.m.ryan

A little tangy and a lot sweet, plums make the perfect base for jams. The soft fruit easily cooks down into a delicious spread, made dark red with the plum's natural hue. Keep it basic with a little sugar and water, or spice things up with add-ins like cardamom, cloves, and allspice. Since fresh plums are in-season half of the year—May through October—you can enjoy this sweet treat any time you want.

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Damson Plum Cardamom Jam

Damson Plum Cardamom Jam next to fresh plums

You only need a handful of ingredients to create this impressive preserve. "The Damson plum makes a tart, flavorful, soft-setting jam that is a rich, deep wine-colored spread for cookies, waffles, bread, or anything else, really," says recipe creator Jamie Northern. "Cardamom adds an unusual and subtle perfume to these preserves."

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Rachel's Sugar Plum Spice Jam

Rachel's Sugar Plum Spice Jam in jars

This spiced plum jam is great for homemade Christmas gifts, or just to slather on baked goods all holiday season long. Fresh pineapple and a splash of orange juice add tanginess, while the cloves and allspice create the bold flavor.

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Plum Jam

Plum Jam

Perfect for when you've got high-quality plums on hand, this jam lets the fruit's natural flavor shine through by simply pairing it with sugar and fruit pectin.

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Spicy Plum Jam

Spicy Plum Jam
Spicy Plum Jam. Meredith

This spicy-sweet homemade plum jam combines chile pepper heat with undertones of citrusy-orange flavor. Great spread on toast, it also makes a delicious glaze for chicken or lamb. "This is my modification of Plum-Orange-Cardamom Jam from Mes Confitures by Christine Ferber," says Squeedle. "I really like spicy and sweet together. You can adjust the spiciness to your own taste. My first batch used only two habaneros and three red chiles, with only the seeds of the habaneros removed, and it was very mild."

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