Sweet Pickled Plums

Makes 2 x 500ml clip sided Kilner jars Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Plums, one of our great national fruits, are grown all over Britain. And with a long fruiting season — from July until October - and over 300 varieties to choose from this recipe is an excellent way to preserve some to enjoy later in the year. The recipe can easily be changed to use your favourite spices, as it is also to use different stone fruits such as apricots or cherries. These pickled plums are gorgeous served with cooked ham, duck, pate, crunchy nut roasts or served with a rich vanilla ice-cream.

Variation ideas: Swap plums for apricots; red wine vinegar for white wine or cider vinegar; the orange with lime; the spices for cinnamon, a few slices of root ginger; the rose water for a vanilla and the bay leaves for a few sprigs of thyme or rosemary.