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

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - WHAT'S ON -

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

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