My niece and I had so much fun foraging along the shore last week. We found beach plums. I have always wanted to pick beach plums but never found them when they were ripe.
Between these shrubs and a few we found on another shore, our family picked enough for jelly.
I love making jam in every season, but this is the first time I ever made jelly. These tiny plums have pits. We cooked them on the stove in a pot with a bit of water until the skins burst and the fruit softened. Then we strained the hot pulp and juice through about 6 layers of cheesecloth. We used the juice for our jelly, following the directions for making plum jelly using Sure Gel. It's delicious. Mmmmm.....beach plum jelly. Pure seaside summer on your toast.