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tahir

The best plum...

That I have here (40+ varieties) is without doubt Reine Claude Violette; the least splitting and brown rot of any of our gages, stands quite well on the tree, and just absolutely fabulous flavour. Mid-Late season
yummersetter

I always find it interestingly odd how different the same variety of fruit tastes in various parts of the country.

We have a (Valentine's gift (aaah!)) tree that's double grafted with greengage and Reine Claude Violette. I made a frame and twisted them in a spiral over about 5 years so it has a barleysugar trunk. Anyway, the greengages were fab this year, I ate hundreds of them, but the RCVs are really bland and only get eaten by the chickens. And just then in the hope of pink wriggly worms inside them.

However, all my usually tasty late plums are a bit insipid this year so maybe its That Kind of Year.
tahir

To be honest it's the first year I've noticed them as outstanding, so maybe something in the weather at ripening time made them that good this year?
Slim

To be honest it's the first year I've noticed them as outstanding, so maybe something in the weather at ripening time made them that good this year?


Did you manage dry and sunny?
tahir

Dryish and sunnyish, we had a few bursts of rainy weather that split a lot of other gages.
Slim

Don't know about plums/gages in specific but fruit in general always seem to do well with a nice dryish sunny spell that starts as they begin ripening. Maximum photosynthesis to reach full potentials!
Mistress Rose

It has been a very poor plum year here. Think it was a bit cool or wet during pollination time.
Lorrainelovesplants

Ive tried plums over 10 years and its just a thing that doesnt do well for me. Locally, a friend has buckets of the things, but every tree Ive had has turned its toes up and died, no matter where they are planted.
gz

The best plum....for eating, for cooking, for preserving....?

Difficult to choose even one variety for each purpose,as climate/geography/geology can change the taste of a single variety grown in different places, even the same tree in different years
tahir

For jam ours is Mallard, for cooking whatever's splitting Smile
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