Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on this day in history, 143 years ago, in Clifton, Prince Edward Island.
She was a brilliant author and one of my favorites. And because I am such a nerd of all things AOGG, I wanted to bring a particular aspect of the books to life.
So I will share a few of my favorite plummy quotes about Marilla’s famous plum preserves.
And why plum preserves? Well, I guess you’ll just have to wait and see 😉
Yellow Plum Preserves
The rarer of the two types of preserves was the yellow plum preserves. Reserved more for special company, and for Davey, apparently.
“We’re to have two kinds of jelly…and fruitcake, and Marilla’s famous yellow plum preserves that she keeps especially for ministers…”
-from Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 22
“Anne had came home from school the previous evening, to find Marilla away at an Aide meeting, Dora asleep on the kitchen sofa, and Davy in the sitting room closet, blissfully absorbing the contents of a jar of Marilla’s famous yellow plum preserves…”company jam, ” Davy called it…which he had been forbidden to touch.”
-from Anne of Avonlea, Chapter 14
Blue Plum Preserves
More of the regular sort, these blue plum preserves were still fit for a king. Or even an Earl, as Anne points out. I imagine that these plums were picked by Marilla from her own tree on the Green Gables farm.
“Your dinner is in the oven, Anne, and you can get yourself some blue plum preserve out of the pantry.”
-from Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 18
“I daresay even the English earl himself wouldn’t have turned up his aristocratic nose at Marilla’s plum preserves,” said Anne proudly.
-from Anne of Avonlea, Chapter 2
“Anne’s laugh, as blithe and irresistible as of yore, with an added note of sweetness and maturity, rang through the garret. Marilla in the kitchen below, compounding blue plum preserve, heard it and smiled…”
-from Anne’s House of Dreams, Chapter 1
So…what about Marilla’s plum preserves? Well…I happen to have some. Ok I admit it. I cooked and canned them on purpose because of the particular reference to it in the Anne of Green Gables books.
And folks, it was divine.
Preserves aren’t jam exactly. They are thicker, with peices of fruit left unmashed. Not chunky but not smooth. Very rich, flavorful and good.
I had a cup of Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice tea with my toast and preserves, keeping with the plum theme.
What do you think? Do you like plum preserves? Have you ever tried it? Have you ever made any particular book-themed treat?