[NAFEX] One answer

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Wed Aug 27 22:28:20 EDT 2008

Fresh prunes, or prune-plums, are sweet, elongated, freestone European
plums.  I think of them as Italian plums, but there are varieties from other


They do make excellent prunes, and are a very, very nice dessert fruit.  The
flesh is relatively firm for a plum, and people who don't like the texture
tartness of other plums may like prune plums just fine.  I've tried to like
American and Japanese varieties as much, but I'm more a fan of the Europlums
(prune, Mirabelle, Gage).  Some prunes are self-fruitful, some will want
another European plum to pollinate them.  They can bear heavily and preserve
exceedingly well.


~ Stephen


From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Doreen Howard
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 6:26 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] Two Questions


I asked this question last year or the year before, but I didn't record the
answer.  How do you tell when an Asian pear is ready to pick?  My 2-1 tree
is loaded with Korean Giants and Shinseikis.  It's been a strange year in
that we had a very late spring, feet of rain and we have yet to hit 90F.
Last year, I picked all the pears by the third week of August, but
everything is lagging this year.


Second question.  I love the plums labeled "prune plums" in the grocery
store this time of year.  What are they?  I'd love to plant a tree.  And, do
they need a pollinator.  I understand grapes, berries, currants, pears,
apples, cherries and peaches, but plums are foreign territory for me.

Doreen Howard

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