plums are in season at the moment and are a good source of vitamin C and although they taste sweet, apparently dont spike your sugar levels; if you are lucky enough to have a plum tree, then this is the time to make plum jam,
1.5 kilos plums
500 g 3:1 jam sugar (for 3 parts fruit to 1 part jam sugar)
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 vanilla bean
1 glug lemon juice. (ie 2 tablespoons)
Wash the plums. Take stones out and cut. (I cut every half in 2-3 pieces)
Mix fruit, juice, sugar and spices (vanilla bean scratched out but adding the outside too).
Slowly bring to a boil. Boil heavily for 3 minutes (according to sugar package).
Fill into sterilized jars – discarding vanilla bean and other spices. (an easy way is to wrap in muslin so making it easy to remove)