Vanilla Cherry Plum Jam

BY : PUBLISHED : June 7th, 2013 UPDATED: August 17th, 2021

I’m sure you’ve seen those maroon-leafed cherry plum trees around town? The botanical name is Prunus cerasiferaThey’re often used as strictly ornamental landscape trees, but the small, purple-red fruit is delicious as well.

The fruits are between a cherry and regular plum in size. If you have a handheld cherry stoner available, those work nicely at quickly removing the pits.

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Vanilla Cherry Plum Jam

Cherry plums aren't something you see often, but they are delicious. Making this jam lets you enjoy the fruit longer.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dips and Sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 32 servings
Calories 122 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 10 cups of whole cherry plums
  • 4 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 1 Tablespoons of vanilla extract


  • After rinsing fruits, remove pits of cherry plums.
  • In large stockpot, combine cherry plums, sugar and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Turn heat to medium-high and begin cooking fruit, stirring well to prevent scorching.
  • Allow mixture to boil, stirring frequently, for about 25 minutes, or until jam coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Ladle jam into clean, sterile jars and top with lids. Jam may be canned in a hot water bath (look online for step-by-step instructions) or you can place the jars into the fridge once they're completely cool.


Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 178IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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