Free delicacies!

@Fleura (7191)
United Kingdom
August 23, 2017 7:20am CST
Until I moved ‘down south’ I had never heard of Mirabelle plums, but since living in middle England I started to notice these trees with little yellow fruits in the hedgerows and eventually found out what they were. They are about the size of cherry tomatoes and are really delicious eaten fresh, picked warm from the sunshine, or made into tarts or jam or even liqueurs. Apparently they are considered a real delicacy in France, but here most people ignore them. Along the roadside there is often a patch of bright yellow where the plums have fallen and people have driven or cycled over them – maybe these same people drive on to the supermarket where they can buy Mirabelle jam for £2 a jar! I don’t know whether it’s a British ‘thing’ or just a curse of modern life, but many times I’ve been eagerly gathering up tasty roadside bounty and have overheard parents tell their children ‘Don’t touch those, they’re poisonous.’ It makes me wonder what they think I’m going to do with them – perhaps they think I’m a witch about to cook up some evil potions? Mirabelle jam is really delicious; although we don’t eat jam sandwiches very often any more I do love a spoonful with natural yogurt, much nicer and cheaper than the ones you can buy - and home-made Mirabelle jam costs about 30p per jar! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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• United States
23 Aug
I guess that's not something I've ever heard of.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
23 Aug
I think it's a European thing.
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• United States
23 Aug
@Fleura Oh OK!
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@LadyDuck (157833)
• Switzerland
23 Aug
Living in France for 30 years I know very well the Mirabelle plums. I had tried to grow a tree in our garden, but the poor tree does not like our weather. I do not know why are so praised by the way, the greengage prunes have a better taste.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
23 Aug
I like them fresh, and Big One likes them too which is great. I do love greengages as well - we had a clump of trees in our last garden but we had the same problem you had with the mirabelles, the trees were so tall we only got the fruit when it fell down. We did cut the trees down to about head eight then let them re-grow and after a few years got a bit of fruit we could reach - but then we moved house!
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@LadyDuck (157833)
• Switzerland
24 Aug
@Fleura I need to do the same with the two greengages, they are too tall, the birds get all the prunes.
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23 Aug
I've spent most of my life living down south and I've never heard of them. I do think I've probably squished a few in my time though!
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug
Well next time you're about to drive over them maybe you could try some first!
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
23 Aug
I've never heard of them, but waste not, want not. I love fresh fruit and berries picked off the vine, bush, tree! Good for you.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug
They're much nicer than supermarket fruit!
@andriaperry (50766)
• United States
23 Aug
Yes here in the USA I will pick what is free and wild and make jams and jellies too.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
23 Aug
There are a lot of free goodies available if you know what to look for!
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@Tracy04 (10877)
• Malaysia
25 Aug
Correct me if I'm wrong........ Orange fruits....... Persimmons?
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
26 Aug
I don't think persimmons grow in our climate. These are a type of plum.
@Tracy04 (10877)
• Malaysia
26 Aug
@Fleura Oh I see.
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@m_audrey6788 (13622)
• Germany
24 Aug
Oh..we have that kind of tree here..I also tried picking up the fruits..It is sweet and I saw that they put the fruit in a ladys drink
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
24 Aug
I tried making a liqueur (Mirabelle rum) but I found it too sweet. I like the jam though!
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• Germany
24 Aug
@Fleura ..Oh a jam?? hmmm..sounds good to me..I will see if I can make some jam too..
@marlina (73881)
• Canada
24 Aug
Never heard of those ones. But found this fact about them right here:
We hope you don't have a thing for raw milk, but if you do... you're outta luck.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
25 Aug
Well fancy that! I never knew they were of designated origin, they're all over the place here!
@sishy7 (27646)
• Australia
23 Aug
This is the first time I hear about them... The size of cherry tomatoes... hmm, I guess they're not too big then, are they?
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
23 Aug
No not too big, they're about bite-size!
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