We have a plum tree in our backyard. This is the first year it has borne fruit. I discovered that most of the plums have a single tiny worm inside them. The worm appears to live in the pit, which decays, and eventually the plum drops off the tree, but the outside flesh of the plum looks pretty good. I am in my kitchen right now carving the good bits off the plums and discarding the wormy bits.
This feels very radical to me, LOL, because I grew up in the US in the 1970s-1980s when supermarket produce was picture-perfect, identical, unblemished, and waxed (for goodness sake!!). It has taken me a long time to get to where I am less squeamish about produce that has blemishes. But let's face it - I have a tree absolutely full of (totally laden down with!) plums, and about half of each plum is edible, so I ought to make use of them, right?
My German friend, who is probably 15 years older than me, says that where she grew up, everyone had plum trees and everyone just ate around the worms.
So I feel like a squeamish American, LOL, but I recognize that I am a product of my culture and it's not my fault... I want to overcome it, though, and provide better for my family. The plums smell absolutely delicious.
Talk to me about making the most of wormy and blemished fruit! Are there rules to follow to keep the eaters from getting sick? I think there must be some wisdom about this that has escaped my generation. I also have four apple trees, and every single apple we have every gotten has been deformed and ugly. They make good applesauce, though, right?
Help me learn how to bravely and safely approach this new world!