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Plum Cardamom Jam

plum and cardamom jam

Our pear tree is full, the peaches didn’t quite make it, and the plum tree is now bare. The grapes are ready to be stomped, and the quince, sadly, looks like it is going to give up on us this year. I think it was this awfully hot weather that did it. But, 3 out of 5 isn’t so bad.

So, the grapes, as I said, are ready for stomping (yes, you can come over and we can be Lucy & Ethel) and we will be making wine very soon. Later this month, with the help of our leftover plums, we might even make a bit of moonshine, too. Bootleggers, I know.

But, fruit compotes, juices, and jams have already been made. And eaten.  Well, some of them. We always dig in just as I start to pour the contents into the jars.

This Plum Cardamom Jam was finished as soon as it was started. I only made 2 pints, but that is because I didn’t think that it would be attacked, literally, within the first three hours. You would be surprised how quickly stuff goes when there’s a chunk of brie cheese on the side and warm homemade bread. And butter.

Great thing about making this jam is that the stove does most of the work. There really isn’t much to it. Add a bit of sugar to the fruit, some water, a stir here and there, and forget about it for the next hour. Or 6.

I normally would not add anything to this Plum Cardamom Jam, the plums alone are quite delicious, but this time I mixed in some cardamom because I have heard that the cardamom adds a bit of a je ne sais quoi, if you will. They weren’t lying. It doesn’t change the taste as much as it adds to the smell. Ohhh the smell… it was amazing! Especially while it was cooking. My house smelled like it for days.

If you don’t care for cardamom pods, (the smell doesn’t entice you, they’re too expensive – $14 for 15 pods) you don’t have to use them. As I said, the plums are delicious all on their own. In fact, you can even replace the pods with a tablespoon of nutmeg. YUM! One other thing; Damson plums make the best jam. My homegrown plums make the bestest jam. 😉

Plum Cardamom Jam

Katerina | Diethood
Homemade plum jam spiced with cardamom pods.
5 from 1 vote
Servings : 16 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes


  • 6- quart stockpot
  • 3 pounds of whole plums , rinsed and destemmed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 to 6 whole green cardamom pods
  • 2 cups sugar , use 1 more cup if you like your jam sweeter


  • Place the rinsed and destemmed plums in a 6-quart stockpot.
  • Stir in the water and the cardamom pods.
  • Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat and allow the plums to completely cool.
  • Place a colander on top of a large deep bowl.
  • Once the plums have cooled, pour them into the colander.
  • Strain the plums by pressing them with your hands against the colander.
  • Pick up the remaining fruit slurry in the colander by the handfuls and squeeze the pulp, skins, and cardamom seeds into the bowl with the syrup, retaining the pits and cardamom shells and then discarding them.
  • Put the plum mixture back into the stockpot, stir in the sugar, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-low heat.
  • Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 3 hours, or until the mixture has thickened.
  • Stir it every 20 to 30 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare the canning jars.
  • Preheat oven to 200°F.
  • Wash the jars with soap and water, dry them, and place them mouth side up, without lids, in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Sterilize the lids by putting them in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them. Allow to dry.
  • Spoon the hot plum jam into the hot, sterilized jars and seal.
  • Allow jars to cool to room temperature.


Calories: 137 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 0 g | Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 0 mg | Potassium: 139 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 33 g | Vitamin A: 295 IU | Vitamin C: 8.2 mg | Calcium: 7 mg | Iron: 0.2 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Balkans
Keyword: homemade jam, plum jam, plum preserves
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17 comments on “Plum Cardamom Jam”

      1. Katerina - Diethood
        Katerina Petrovska

        Hi Rosanne!! I was just at my parent’s house and their plum tree is so full! My plan is to make this jam, again. 🙂 I have never made it with dried cardamom and I am not sure exactly how much you would need. However, a little ground cardamom goes a long way, so you shouldn’t need too much. Also, I wouldn’t add the dried cardamom at the beginning – I would wait to add it after you’ve strained the plums and then stir it in.

  1. You seriously have that many fruit trees in your backyard? I am so jealous!!! I probably would have devoured this jam too, I adore anything with cardamom! BUT still have not worked with the cardamom pods yet, my goal is to track some some down:-) Your jam looks fantastic! Hugs, Terra

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    baker street

    3 out of 5 is a great score I say! I would happily come over for the stomping in exchange for this yummy plum jam! I’m not surprised it was over in 3 hours. 🙂

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    Emily @ Life on Food

    I have a weird feeling I would totally enjoy the grape stomping. This combination of flavors sounds wonderful for a jam. Enjoy some for me.

  4. As a kid we had this huge plum tree at the backyard and the plums were always so juicy! I like the usage of cardamom in it.

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    Megan @ Pip and Ebby

    Moonshine, awesome! I’ll be over! 🙂
    I have never made plum jam, but it sounds like heaven! It most definitely would not last long here..

  6. Kate,
    I don’t think that I have ever had plum jam before, but yours looks and sounds so inviting, especially slathered on your bread. Maybe one day I’ll have to make plum jam.

  7. cardamoms are usually used alot in indian desserts but i have been adding them to my spice cakes and cookies lately and honestly, it makes them taste so much better! i think cardamoms was a great addition to this already delicious home made jam 🙂

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    It’s always my dream to have fruit trees in the backyard. How nice it must be to pick fruits from the backyard and eat it. But if you do, I’m sure you will be busy “using” them because the trees might give you abundant and you can’t say “stop no more fruits!”. But it’s wonderful that you know how to make delicious jam like this. I love cardamom and I bet this jam looks delicious!!

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    Lora @cakeduchess

    How wonderful that you have such delicious fruit trees. I adore homemade jams and would love to sample your plum cardamom jam. Looks divine:)

  10. Grape stomping! How fun is that! The four of us did a grape stomp competition one year at a fest. Those little guys are a lot more slippery than I expected. 🙂 Your jam sounds delicious and the cardamom was a great addition. I’m not surprised that it was gone so quickly!

  11. Wow.. I envy you having all those wonderful fruit tree to use up. I bet this jam tasted fantastic with the flavor of cardamom!!

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