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GREENGAGE PLUMS


Available for shipping late July to early August

Description: The true Greengage - "Reine Claude Doree", is a European plum, renowned for its unparalleled rich, honeyed flesh. It was named in the 1500s to honor Queen Claude, wife of French King Francis the first. European plums are distinct from Japanese plum varieties. They are far sweeter, generally smaller, and meatier in texture. Finding a true greengage plum, even in the tree's native France, has become a challenge, because the trees are slow to bear, and the fruit is finicky to grow, so most orchards have opted for newer hybrids that resemble true Greengage but lack their rich flavor. We grafted our own trees from fruitwood obtained from UC Davis' germplasm repository, to be sure that our Greengages would be the real item and not some pale imitation. It took seven years to get the trees to fruit, but they finally brought in a crop, and the unbelievably sweet plums are worth the wait. Best eaten when just plummy.

Season: Mid July to early August

Size: 8 to 12 plums per pound

Suggested uses: Fresh eating, cheese platters, baking, preserves.

Shelf life: 10 days in your cooler for raw use, up to 2 weeks if you are cooking them.

Handling: Our plums are picked mature but firm enough to ship them to you. To speed final ripening, set them in single layer on your kitchen counter, away from direct sunlight. To delay softening, keep them refrigerated. Plums taste great chilled.

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