I am happy to say that I can again enjoy plums after making myself so ill on them as a child that I couldn't even look at them for many years!!! A friend had plum trees and as kids we would climb them and utterly 'pig out' on the fruit till we had dreadful belly aches!!! So for a very long time plums were no longer a favourite at all!!Over the last 10 years or so ,though I have been really enjoying the Black Amber ones in particular(very dark,almost black skin with gorgeous firm yet juicy yellow flesh)as well as the miniature Sugar Plums which seem to be more readily available these days.
I love plums but I am used to having a big variety to choose from. Blood plums from an old tree are gorgeous and great for both eating and making jam. Nowadays in supermarkets you may get a choice of 2 varieties but when I was a kid there were many, many varieties to choose from. In Australia, so many varieties of fruit have simply disappeared and now, what is available, is almost considered a rarity. Don't know what happened.
Used to love blood plums, angelina, greengage, red, but now they all seem to have disappeared from the market. Guess some other country is now growing them. Don't know what happened to all the beautiful stone fruit we used to have in Australia…..just a memory now.