Greengages, or Reine Claude, are often regarded as a separate type of fruit to plums, but they are a plum cultivar developed from a green wild plum. They are one of those unique fruit that we look out for each summer. Not particularly appetising due to the pale green / pale yellow appearance, but heavenly to eat when at their peak – truly irresistible! The green skins often have a pink or yellow hue
Origin: Originally from Armenia, Greengages are derived from the bullace (a wild plum, similar to Sloe, but without the thorns). In UK, they are named after Sir Thomas Gage, who received stocks from his brother in France early in the 18th century. In France, they are called Reine Claude after the wife of Francois I (1494-1547).
Grown in: In Europe, greengages are mainly grown commercially in France, but they are becoming increasing available from Spain, Portugal and Britain. They are also produced in North America and the Benelux countries.
Harvest & Availability:
Late-July to early September: from France, Spain, Portugal
Mid-August: from UK