I have a nice crop of Santa Rosa plums due to the rare cold snap last
winter in Southern Calif. Should i allow them to ripen on the tree or
pick them and let them sweeten up in the house?They are a good size
and firm with full color, but still sour. Also, what is the white
powder on the skin? I think it's a normal thing. It's not mildew. It
sort of looks like a protective cover to refelect the sunlight so the
skin doesn't burn. Not sure. Anyone know? Thanks.
All plums get that dusty bloom on their skin, as do grapes. I think
it's a fungus that lives on the sugar that gets through the skin from
within the ripening fruit. Quite harmless. I think it's called must,
though my Macquarie Dict will have none of it! Nor does it mention
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
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