Originally coming from Eastern countries, the greengage was brought in France and dedicated since the 16th century to Claude, first wife of the king François 1er, giving its French name to the plum: Reine-Claude.
The climate of France South-West area is perfect to cultivate this plum, which was awarded a "Label Rouge" as a proof of the care taken in its cultivation. Thus, greengages orchards are rather small and the yield is weaker than the one of other plums varieties. Fruits are picked by hand at full maturity to ensure a sugar content higher than 17%. Greengages can be found from July to the end of September.
If greengages are very sweet, they are also made at 80% of water, that is to say only 5 calories a plum, as well as many vitamins and minerals.
Beyond its nutritional qualities, the very best of greengage is its taste: unique aromas with a hint of honey and a juicy, sugared flesh… An exceptional fruit to enjoy summer's last days!
Reine-Claude Label Rouge
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