The humble plum comes under the spotlight at a oneday foodie celebration
From raising a glass to worthy causes, to a rum renaissance, here’s the latest food and drink news for the county. By Angela Cole
Plums are low in calories, protein and fats and are an excellent source of vitamin C.
They also help relieve indigestion and anxietyrelated problems and their antioxidant power can help treating ailments such as osteoporosis, macular degeneration, cancer, diabetes, obesity and even slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
If that’s not enough reasons to celebrate the power of the plum, how about the fact that they’re tasty? Faversham-based Brogdale will be celebrating the humble plum on Sunday, August 12, for its annual Plum Day.
There will be a display of the plums in season from the 337 varieties that grow in the National Fruit Collection there.
Discover the different shapes, sizes and colours plus fact -filled information on the history of plums in the collection. Visitors can also try and buy some of the plums and other fruits from the Brogdale Fine Fruits shop while exploring the Brogdale marketplace. You can also take a guided walking tour or hop on a tractor trailer for an orchard tour and learn more about the orchards there from the expert guides.
Tractor trailer tours will be running throughout the day and are included in the price of an Orchard Pass tour ticket, which lasts for a year. The plum is a member of the rose family and is a close relative of peaches, apricots and cherries - which you can also see at the site at various times in the year when they are in season.
Next up at the site will be annual Pear Day, which arrives at Brogdale on Sunday, September 16. There will be a display of the pears in season from the 550 varieties which grow in the National Fruit Collection at the Faversham site. Visitors can discover the fruit display of pears in all shapes, sizes and colours plus information on the history of pears and the varieties there. The next big tasty event for Brogdale coming up is its Artisan Cider Festival, which is held on the bank holiday weekend, Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26. There will be local craft ciders and live music all weekend, plus entertainment, including a little festivalgoers area, street food, fun festival games and local shopping.
For details of all the events on offer, go to brogdalecollections.org
The power of the plum will be celebrated at Brogdale’s National Fruit Collection in Faversham this weekend