One of the best things about having a small home orchard is being able to eat tree-ripened fruit. Even when I shop at a local farmers’ market, I find that the fruit is often a bit on the green side, probably because it has a longer shelf life for selling when picked somewhat green. The Italian prunes I bought a few weeks ago at a market took over a week to ripen enough to eat – and then the consistency was a little bit wrong somehow. Above you can see what an Italian prune should look like, with the dark purple skin and golden orange flesh. This Italian prune was picked fully ripe off the tree. So tasty!