|This project and website was funded in part by a grant from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program and other sponsors.
Many farms in the Northeast
Department of Horticulture,
Cape Cod Cooperative
Applied Economics & Man-
agement, Cornell University
New York State Food
Cornell Coop. Extension,
Suffolk County / Long Island
Horticultural Research and
Fruit Research & Develop-
ment Center, Rutgers Univ.
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Beach plum (Prunus maritima) is a fruiting shrub native to coastal dunes of the Northeastern United States. Since colonial times, people have collected wild fruit to make preserves and jelly. Today, native stands still support a cottage beach plum product industry in the Northeast.
Interest in commercial production is growing. We've undertaken 30 small-scale production trials in the Northeast to help increase yields and improve growing practices.
Our goals are to develop an integrated system for a sustainable beach plum industry. This includes fruit production, processing the crop into value-added products, developing niche markets for these products, and educating growers, processors and marketers.
Dr. Thomas Whitlow
Department of Horticulture
Website designed by Craig Cramer, Communcations Specialist, Dept. of Horticulture, Cornell University, with coding help from Rachel Kennedy.
Beach plums growing in their native habitat. Larger image.
Growers and researchers share information about beach plums. Larger image.
Preserves and jellies - value-added beach plum products. Larger image.
Cornell Dairy Plant runs a test batch of 'Beach Plum Comfort' ice cream. Larger image.