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Can I ripen plums that have fallen from tree?

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MrsOnTheMove Mon 03-Aug-09 12:28:50

I have a plum tree which despite thinning out the fruit and supporting the branches - has this morning broken a main branch with about 20 plums on sad

Does anyone know whether I can still ripen them on a window sill? They are about full size but still firm and only just starting to colour, or do I just bin them?

Our first fruits in 2 years - not the best start!

Any suggestions what to do where the branch has snapped off the main trunk - do I cut it back?

GrimmaTheNome Mon 03-Aug-09 12:34:43

I wouldn't have thought so, but maybe you could make chutney of some sort?

MrsOnTheMove Mon 03-Aug-09 12:41:47

Thought I might be pushing it! Off to find some recipes....

Cadmum Mon 03-Aug-09 12:43:01

I would try to place them in a paper bag. No guaranteed but it might help and you don't really have anything to lose.

steamedtreaclesponge Mon 03-Aug-09 12:46:17

Put them next to some bananas - the bananas give off a gas which makes fruit ripen quickly.

Having said that, if they're really small and green they might be beyond saving, in which case I'd go with Grimma's chutney suggestion!

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