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Blog entry by sharad posted 06-26-2012 06:13 AM 2944 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Has any of you tasted this delicious tropical fruit variously known as black plum, Damson plum, Duhat plum, Jambolan plum. Lokal name is Jambhul. The name of the fruit is sometimes mistranslated as blackberry which is a different fruit in an unrelated family. The scientific name is Syzygium cumini and belongs to Myrtaceae family. Jambhul tree is fast growing and can reach heights up to 30 meters and can live more than 100 years. Its wood is strong and water resistant and is used extensively. The tree starts flowering in March to April and the fruit develop by May or June. The fruit resembles large berries and is ovoid in shape. The green fruit turns to pink to shining crimsonblack as it matures. The mature fruit is fleshy with a big seed inside. The taste is a combination of sweet, sour and astringent and is very special. Every part of the tree has medicinal properties.

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Sharad

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posted 06-26-2012 10:22 AM

Sharad I’m not sure if they are the same as the black plums we get here at the grocery stores but if they are then they are delicious.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-26-2012 12:15 PM

“damson plum” sounds familiar.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-26-2012 01:28 PM

Great pictures of the damson plums, Sharad. They make my mouth water just looking at them.

Damson plums are grown here in Ontario and would usually hit the roadside stands and farmer’s market by the end of summer, early fall. Of course with the repeated frosts throughout spring, it is unlikely there will be a crop this year.

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sharad

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posted 06-26-2012 03:32 PM

Iris, I was surprised to know that this tropical fruit can be grown in Ontario and checked the description of Damson Plums on line. I found it does not belong to the same family.order or genus as that of Jambhul which I have posted. Only Duhat plum agrees well with Jambhul. This clearly shows that there is lot of confusion in the names given to this fruit. I also found that the fruit was introduced in Florida in 1911 by the USDA. Whatever the case the fruit is really tasty.
Bon my search also shows that black plums are not the same. I have learnt that on line information is not dependable and one should verify from different sources about the authenticity of the information you seek.

Sharad

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