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Blue Violet is a traditional English damson from Cumbria.
It ripens a earlier than other damsons, and also has a sweeter flavour - unusually for a damson it can be eaten fresh as well as being versatile in the kitchen. The fruit size is also a bit larger than normal for damsons.
Blue Violet is also easy to pick, as the fruits fall from the tree in the wind or when shaken.
For best fruit size and flavour you can thin the fruitlets after the blossom has finished.
The relatively large fruit size and sweet flesh of Blue Violet suggests there might be some plum ancestry in its background. It also has a less dense canopy than most other damsons and is therefore less suitable for use in fruiting hedges.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Blue Violet was found in the 1930s in the Lyth Valley, in the old county of Westmorland - the heart of English damson cultivation.