I have some plums that have started to go soft and squishy. Would they be OK in crumble / crisp / cobbler type recipes?

(I can't taste them before cooking because I am allergic to raw fruit).

  • At last, someone else allergic to raw fruit. We are a rare species. Any raw fruit and some nuts and seeds make my mouth itch like blazes. – ElendilTheTall Oct 29 '12 at 15:54
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    @ElendilTheTall: It's called oral allergy syndrome / OAS and it's due to cross-reaction from pollens. When I was diagnosed with it about 10 years ago the internet hadn't heard of it and I knew nobody else with it. Now there's quite a bit of info out there (including lists of which fruits/veg/nuts are problematic depending on which pollens you are allergic to) and I know a handful of people who are fellow sufferers. Welcome to the club! – Vicky Oct 29 '12 at 16:24
  • Interesting. I get hay fever too so pollen makes sense. – ElendilTheTall Oct 29 '12 at 17:18

As long as they aren't spoiled they'll be fine for a crumble/crisp/cobbler. You'll want to have someone else taste them to make sure first. They may need less sugar and less or no precooking. If they are really, really mushy then you might want to add some firmer plums or other fruit to give some texture.

  • is there no way to tell if they are spoiled without tasting them? – Vicky Oct 29 '12 at 14:35
  • (by the way, I am planning to mix them with some firmer plums and some nectarines, so I'm not worried about the texture - just whether they will spoil the taste) – Vicky Oct 29 '12 at 14:56
  • Well, there's smell and appearance. If they smell rotten and are really gooey and brown then that's a good indication they are spoiled. – GdD Oct 29 '12 at 14:56
  • OK, they smell fine. They're a bit soft and mushy but not gooey. I'm going to risk it I think! – Vicky Oct 29 '12 at 16:25
  • Sounds like they're just really ripe, now's the time to use them! – GdD Oct 29 '12 at 16:29

Having them mushy is fine, but check them for worms - they might be mushy for a reason, and plums get infested with really small, hard to see worms sometimes.

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