Opal is an early to mid season European plum with pale yellow flesh. They can be deliciously sweet and flavoursome, almost like a greengage, but are usually quite a mild-flavoured plum and can be bland if grown in the wrong aspect. In many ways, the flavour reflects the early nature of the variety and is a pleasant introduction to the British soft plum season. The skin is a varied colour from yellow to purple and the fruit size is small to medium. Opal is a free-stone plum.
Origin: Opal was bred in the 1920’s at the Horticultural Research Stations in Alnarp and Balsgard, in southern Sweden. It is the result of a cross of the English ‘Early Favourite’ plum and the French ‘Oullins Gage’.
Grown in: Northern Europe
Harvest & Availability:
Early to late August: from UK