Origin: western Asia, particularly the Caucasus Mountains bordering the Caspian Sea
Old English "plume," related to the Latin "prunus"
The fruit of the plum tree, which has white flowers that appear before the leaves
Grown in China for more than 3,000 years, the plum is a drupe since its flesh adheres to an ovoid stone. Its pulp is soft, sweet and juicy. The purple or violet plum has an edible skin, almost black, with a covering of bloom. This is the famous damson plum, brought home by the crusaders. But in the plum family there are also...
the mirabelle or yellow plum
and the violet quetsche.
Some varieties like the famous Agen plum are dried to make prunes.
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