[NAFEX] Gages that are real greengages?

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Nov 30 16:52:55 EST 2009

Prune D'Agen is probably the same as French prune, though there are a 
number of sports and selected strains.
I haven't had enough mirabelles to judge them.
If you want something that stands up to processing, try the bullaces 
(P. insititia).  I have a white bullace supposed to be a favorite for 
preserves in England, and though I've never made any out of mine, I can 
see why.  The acids, astringency and BIG flavor would hold up to 
processing well.  The small plums are prolific and hang on in edible 
condition nearly to the end of October.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
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On Nov 30, 2009, at 12:56 PM, Lisa Almarode wrote:

How flavorful is Prune T'Agen?  This is the same as the "French prune"
of california?  I'm looking for strong flavors that hold up through 
procesing, not just sweetness... for drying, mild sweet plums work, the
flavors get concentrated, but for jam or wine I crave aromatics.

What do you think of the Mirabelles?

Lisa, Willamette Valley, Oregon

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