Latin name : Prunus domestica subsp. insititia
Originally cultivated in the area of Damascus, the damson was introduced to England by the Romans.
The drupaceous fruit, more commonly known as the damask plum is a subspecies of the plum. Due to the acidic, tart flavour of the fruit, damsons are commercially cultivated for use in preserves, alcoholic beverages, jams and cooking sauces.
The plum spirit Slivolitz, is made from fermented damson fruit.