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Plum Perfect

The naked plum

Plums grow in all colours of the rainbow, and bring a delicious magic to sweet and savoury dishes alike.

Only Kastamonu in the hinterland of the Black Sea, boasts the naked plum (üryani erik). In Daday, a valley just outside the town, a handful of villages have been encouraged to keep cultivating this plump, purplish-blue variety. This plum is delicious fresh, but it is chiefly in its dried form that it becomes a delicacy. When it is ripe and oozing with fragrance and sweetness, the delicate skin peels off easily to expose the amber-coloured flesh.

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