With the fabulous summer weather you may find plums or damsons ready to use. If you live rurally always keep an eye out for wild plums in the hedgerows these will likely be quite sweet this year.
Plums are considered 'neutral' in temperature, there flavour is sour and sweet. Overall plums nourish yin & blood, regulate heat patterns, boost circulation and have a draining action on retained water.
They strengthen the liver and can really help if a patient has 'liver heat' or 'stagnation in the intestines'.
Recipe: Plum fool
1 pound of plums
1 tsp of fennel seeds
1/2 tsp of dried ginger
4 tbsp of concentrated apple juice
Stone & halve the plums, cook gently in a covered pan with the spices, After 20 minutes remove from heat, mash or puree.
Add the apple juice, mixing well.
This will last lovely served warm or cool and with a swirl of yoghurt.
From Recipes for Self Healing by Daverick Leggett