Family Leamington NZ Whitehall NZ

Ripening plums

This year’s Sharps Early crop is lighter than 2007’s bumper one. Far and away my favourite plum – I have known it all my life – harvested, as it is, at this special time of the year. Our tree is a cutting from the tree at Whitehall. Dad is still making relish from fruit frozen last December. His plum relish seasoned meatloaf is very tasty.

The short history of a tree: Dad says he is fairly certain the tree comes from the Scholes farm, next door to ours, at Whitehall (if you have reason to visit Whitehall Quarry – the remnants of this orchard can be seen to your left as you come up the rise from the bridge after leaving Whitehall Road). Trees grown from cuttings from the Leamington tree can, in turn, be found on properties on Mount Pirongia, in Te Puke, at Maungatautari and here in Leamington – if you know where to look. 

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