I was just completely unprepared for beach plums this year. I am usually on top of the ripenings of the plants on my radar, but beach plums are new to me, just as serviceberries were earlier this year. Those sneaky town landscapers hid some beach plum plants along the bike path, and I found some bushes heavy with the dime-sized fruits dotting the parking lot near a supermarket I like. I picked a bunch, but just didn't know what to do with them. I found some recipes but they all called for much more than I had harvested. So I ate some fresh, spitting out the tiny stones.
Beach plums are a tasty sweet snack, but I find the skin to be very bitter. I imagine it's delicious sweetened and in jam form. Now if I can just figure out a simple way to take out the pits and salvage most of the fruit...I will be prepared next year!