There are two main cultivars grown for fruit production, derived from cherry plums grown in Nancy and Metz. As much as I respect Scott's opinion on all things fruit (and most other things he's ever revealed here) I am intrigued that the French consider the Mirabelles an ideal culinary plum- they do have access to the full range of wonderful plums. The tree is rather badly neglected & has quite a covering of ivy. ( Hey... did you know that there are more than the 6 varieties that the A&P carries?). I snagged a piece of western red cedar at local hardwoods joint, and I found scrap metal from garage. I moved a foot of it off my driveway yesterday, only to find another 6-8 inches of soggy stuff out there this morning. Are they similar to the other mirabelles? Tree is now about 12 ft high and has had a tough time surviving being nibbled by cows. They are much larger than what I am reading here.<. « I would like to buy a plum tree. Thank you so much. Parfume de September E Plum -This sweet, highly flavored, aromatic Mirabelle plum from France ripens two weeks after the other Mirabelle's, holds well on the tree and can be picked for three weeks, thus extending the Mirabelle season. Hman, send me your address I will send you American and Nancy, you have my address. I really love this tree it produces stunning blossom very early on late February with a beautiful honey scent. Mike, stick to the real ones (Metz and Nancy) they taste the best. Are these mirabelle's? I do not live nearby, hope someone saves them. They are a 'specialty-delicacy' plum. I manage an orchard with 3 very large Damsons and the owners let a lot of friends come to pick fruit, but they usually leave the Damsons alone. I'd love to harvest them and not just let them waste. My family in Alsace used make eu-de-vie, open tarts, preserve and bottle mirabelles and for many years I could not find them in the UK. Have only seen them in italy. We use to just have to wait for the backhoe to come which was the better part of a week.. no fun! Left to right is SW expressive plum, SW Blackberry (C2 Wicked match?) I also have gluts of zucchini, french beans, … Our list view below allows you to see multiple options at a glance and let your taste buds be the judge. Its really amusing, but that simple and that true. De Metz is smaller and ripening is very prolonged so I like American best and Nancy next but since they ripen at different times I grow both. I can purchase the double bladed pruner, but where do I get the Damson scion wood? I went to a lecture on the Green Gage plum (might as well use the English name as it is through England that it arrived in America) during the NAFEX Virginia meeting years ago and it is treated by the French in much the same esteem as the Mirabelles. Mrs. G,, how would you compare the flavor of Damson to the mirabelles as preserves and in tarts? It is just that special. If you still can't find what you want, consider mixing your own color from black and white paints. they do not need a pollenator. Yeah most low acid fruits are not appealing to me. For example, when they are unripe, mirabelles are extremely sour-tasting which indicates that they are a rich source of in vitamin C, one of the most potent natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. Discover all the secrets of the mirabelle with a walk among the flowering orchards or try it in a unique recipe. I was in the wrong direction for sure. But if any single part is off, the symphony is flat. I do find this a bit sweet for my taste, but I do like it and if you like very sweet fruity florals, you'd probably love it! Since then - even with 2 hard winters - it has doubled in height and is around 11 feet high!. Mirabelles are not the same as greengages as stated above. Phew! pollination for de Nancy, please? and then SW Plum Brown. Warning mine has vicious spikes about 2" long a bit like some blackthorn bushes. Hi Mike, I grow Mirabelles. I have tried googling but cant find any so far. Mike, I'm working- got over 150 feet of driveway and other shoveling to do. The sleeting rain has just stopped,now the snow will begin. The story on this side is that they had to be tricked into comparing theirs to ours in a blind taste comparison before they could "taste" the value of wine from CA. I've seen plants priced at an extortionate £45. Mrs. G, I think you may be being overly generous to the French arbiters of taste towards evaluating CA wine. I think I found a color that will work.... Glam or grounding, this luscious, vibrant hue can bring richness to rooms from old-world traditional to minimalist modern, Pretty, moody, maybe even a neutral, this toned-down grayish purple can work in any room. I'm currently trying to grow from a plum pip as I want one in the back of my garden for me and kids. I tried searching for information on the net about the differences between Mirabelles and Plums but I just kept getting more and more confused. It surprises me that those two are highly rated for fresh flavor (very sweet) but also are extremely valued by the French as culinary plums. H-man, my grandmother had a Damson and greengage of some sort and made the best Damson plum jam I ever ate. It's in the same vein as Pacifica's fruity perfumes, yet the floral notes make it more sophisticated. This helps give the dish more a come-together appearance and texture. More finicky than other plums in many ways, I guess. I also attached swatch cards. Plum is one of many favorite fruits. I, as most others, had no clue. They are known for being sweet and full of flavour. as you can see we love our colors :). Enjoy these amazing Mirabelle plum recipes. The plums are absolutely delicious - every success in growing some! But mainly DAMP! I'm guessing it is the aromatics that provide the kick and you get the acid from something else, like lemon juice, in your recipes. If they are vinyl, that might not be the best option though. I have a question about my Mirabelle plums. I do the basic jam: weigh the plums, halve & stone them, cook in a bit of water until tender, then add a bit less than an equal weight of sugar (depends on your taste, and how runny you like your jam) and the stones tied in a bag or in tea infusers. The Metz, the Nancy, are both different plums. They are originally from China, then found a serious home for propagation in Alsace-Lorraine. Intensely fruity, harmonious and refined, it wows with its incomparable taste. As the graft grows I cut away any competing growth that blocks sun from it. Grown on a tree in Dorset England. UK is full of mirabell trees.The trees have red leaves and then have red fruit.there are green ones as well. But there is a trick. I'm watching for ice on branches. Cambusier’s delicately-orange-tinted liqueur is made by macerating mirabelle plums from Lorraine. Yes, it is! In fact it looked more like a tree fern! Wish much of the land in Nappa and Sonoma used for grapes was growing plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots instead, like it was when I was a boy there. Mirabelle Plums. >my Mirabelle plums. How Mirabelle Plums do remind me of pussy. Well we live in the highland perthshire (850ft above sea level with extremely sandy/stoney soil) and got a Mirabelle de Nancy from blackmoor in nov 07. The small fruit with a slight reddish blush is popular for making eau-de-vie in France. Can we grow them in uk? I have been doing some research and have landed up onthis site. What can I do with a glut of mirabelle plums? 500g sugar to 1 kilo stoned fruit). Interesting thread. The eau de vie a 'Mirabelle' is world renown. I live in Norwich, and have a hedge of trimmed mirabelle plums. If you like what you eat, please share your experience with us on our community and social media pages. It the size is not equal, make sure the cambium lines up on one side of the scion and sprout. Hello gardeners1 Came in to this site because I LOVE Mirabelles.Reliably sweet and juicy, which is what I want from a plum.I came across it in a clients' garden in Lewisham , London. Hi there. The hedge runs northeast, is sheltered by trees a few yards away on either side, and by a line of huge turkey oaks across the road to the NE. As the fruit ripen, their flesh becomes soft and juicy and grows extremely sweet. I think it's going to take another 4 years to fruit though. I want to find a recipe for using them for jam. There is a cherry plum in the graveyard at buscot [Wiltshire] that is really heavy cropping every year, in about late July. Mrs G I would be interested in the acidity of the Mirabelles you have eaten. What color should I paint the front door? Not many people grow them, as they do not know about them. I think you can keep the sidelight and door frame and just change the door fairly reasonably. Mrs. G. They do look interesting. The yellow egg plum, also known by the species name Prunus domestica, may be found in either purple or yellow and is quite common in Europe and North America. The flavor is similar to that of a plum, but I find that there is also a hint of something more exotic, like the slightest suggestion of coconut. Found this site after seeking the answer to my question i.e. The taste of mirabelle plum. Raintree said de Nancy needs cross pollination but Parfume is self fertile. Everything is cancelled here today and probably tomorrow too. and there are still more to pick. Please let us know if you find one, won't you! Go to a paint website and use their room painters where you can upload pictures of your rooms or use their stock photos, and try out the different shades of gray and plum. Hope that helps, I can see why your son loves them - good luck with growing them! All serious fruitnuts share the trait, myself included. I have just brought some cuttings from Great Barrier Island off the coast of New Zealand. With the absence of cobblestone and buildings that are packed tightly together, the countryside did not resemble Paris in the slightest. 4. This is a naturally occurring trait specific to this cultivar. It is easy to do--basically you stain or paint the door the color you want and fill in the grain with colored wax--but it looks modern and marvelous. However, Eau de Vie de Mirabelle has its own appelation, as well, as the orchards growing this fruit in the Lorraine area of France. According to candy historians and the Oxford English Dictionary, a sugar plum is a comfit—that is, a seed, nut, or scrap of spice coated with a layer of hard sugar, like … Lets pick them now!!! ... always trying to achieve a better taste/result. I did compare Damson side by side with Valor and others this year as preserves and the benefit of the astringency was very apparent. They color up over a month before the flesh turns amber. I was reliably informed by the staff that it grows and fruits in the UK ALTHOUGH the person i spoke to hasn't had any this year due to an April frost which affected the flowers. Thanks, Reading about Cineraria (Dusty Miller) in my Dr.D.G. I'll buy all the extra things I need for proper grafting. The Mirabelle plum, also known by the species namePrunus insititia, originated from Asia, but also is widely grown in France. I have had a Mirabelle tree in my garden in north London for about 30 years now and it usually fruits very heavily indeed. The are more oblong in shape than round. I'm wondering if it isn't that leaf hoppers especially feed on it (should have mentioned before that they go after certain E plums but not Japs). yellow later .... again lovely fruit . My house is an ex Air Force house as such the tree will have beene there since the early 40's. It is a varity of plums (thatswhy they taste like them). People love them. One day, she offered an old woman hospitality and in return, the old lady (who was a fairy) transformed all the trees of the kingdom into magnificient, rich trees full of golden fruits. I always thought they were just ornamental! .occasionally drinking in a bit of eau de vie. Otherwise measure carefully so that it will fit. Hello, we grow mirabelles, De Metz, Nancy, American, Geneva 858, and ordered a Parfume de September for this spring to extend the season. You can buy them much cheaper - Botanica and Crown Nurseries in Suffolk sell them, but you might also find them in any nursery growing and selling hedging plants. I think 'wines' needs its own forum! H-man, The mirabelle is a culinary prize because they are grown in France and the French so deemed the plum exquisite. I got one from Cummins a year or 2 ago, so we will see. Mirabelle Plum Tree Care. Mrs. G, "I tend to plant the most 'authentic' possible varitieties of Mirabelles". Mirabelle Plum is a nice, cheerful scent that is still fresh. Of course it's worth a try, Hedgehogg. I would suggest American Mirabelle or Nancy as the best. I was brave enough to try one and it was superbly sweet and plum like. Then it's not Mirabelle, please post picture with size and cut open so we can help you better. We all know this. Hi, we live just 3 miles south of Perth in Bridge of Earn. I forget when, several years ago probably, but the RHS magazine had a feature on them, well, on identifying small plums. I have frozen raw before but find it can sometimes make the skin tough on defrosting. The plums get about the size of a quarter and are great for making jelly or wine. So, I went with the color swatches from Rockin Fine Finish. The traditional method of shaking the trees is now mechanized, but the principle remains the same: The ripe fruits are shaken loose and collected in a net. 2. Yesterday I picked about 3lbs of plums which I believe are Mirabelle from a tree growing wild near Weston-super-Mare. It's not so much covered in ivy but absolutely smothered (literally). Mirabelle plums are the least showy of all the plum family; not big and blousy like the Victoria plum or with a deep, dusky colour as damsons are – they are small with a … Black plums usually range from bright red to deep purple color and come with a mild to sweet taste. The tree is about 15 feet x 15 feet produces small golden cherry like fruit that are delicious. 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