Prunus insititia var. syriaca
French : mirabelle
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Mirabelle plum seems to have originated in the Asia Minor, i.e. the region lying between east of Bosporus between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. With time it reached Europe and at present it is a specialty of the Lorraine region of France which account for 70% of the world production.
Mirabelle plum is closely allied to the damson and bullace. The fruits are small, oval shaped, with a smooth-textured flesh, and especially by its dark yellow colour which becomes flecked in appearance. They are sweet and full of flavour and are therefore very much liked for these characteristics.
Mirabelle de Nancy
is believed to have come to France in the 15th century from the East in the 15th century.
Mirabelle de Metz
was first recorded in 1675 and is the second most popular variety
Photo : François Bertram; Collaboration : Canetti Conseil.
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