Damson Jam

by Edward Daniel
Damson Jam is vegan and paleo. Image by Edward Daniel (c).

Wild purple tart damsons cooked to a pulp with cane sugar resulting in a thick fruity jam spread; Damson Jam – perfect slathered on some fresh crusty bread.

Dark as the purple midnight sky get your kicks from something gooey and inviting as you plunge into the night… And, smile.

This dish will shatter your beliefs that vegan food can’t be delicious.

Make this:

  • When you’ve got your beau/belle staying overnight and need a brekkie treat that’ll get them all tingly for more action
  • When the sunset’s and need a snack to see you through as you read your fav book
  • When it’s early morning, the kids are gearing up for school and you need to give them some scrummy jam and toast that’ll get them through to morning break

Damson Jam was inspired when hand-picking ripened damsons stood on ladders with basket in tow on a friend’s arable farm in blistering sunny Cornwall.

Damsons are native to Great Britain and are an astringent plum that bloom in late summer to early autumn. The foliage is free from thorns, making it easy to forage. Just nip the fruit and it’ll easily fall into your lap. Even if you’ve picked unripened it’ll ripen at home against windowsill.

Damson Jam is vegan and paleo.

What to do next

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My recipes are featured in vegan speciality publications: Nourished, Vegan Life, Plant Based and Vegan, Food and Living.

Order my first self-published book, “Essence: The Beginner’s Guide to Veganism” part of the three-part Circle of Food series. My second book “Presence: The Ascending Vegan” – which explores how to maintain a vegan practice is out in 2027 – I have compiled all the chapters including recipes.

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Damson Jam is vegan and paleo. Image by Edward Daniel (c).
Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1kg Damsons
  • 200ml filtered water
  • 250g raw unrefined cane sugar


  1. Place the damsons in water in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes.  Set to one side to cool.
  2. Once cool, mash with a potato masher and remove the stones – you may need to use your hands to destone.
  3. Add in the sugar. Bring to the boil. Stir continuously for about 10 minutes. and continue cooking for another hour. The jam should thicken.
  4. Place the jam in warm sterilised jars. (To sterilise place jars in the oven for about 10 minutes at around 130 degrees Celsius, or if convection oven to 110 degrees Celsius).
  5. Once cool, place in the fridge.

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