Metis Tonic is a late season plum with red skin. The flesh, when ripe, is quite soft to eat, much more so than is normally associated with the last varieties of the season. The fruit has a good level of sweetness, and is very enjoyable; juicy, soft and quite succulent. The flesh is an attractive pale yellow, laced with pink infusions near the skin.
Ripeness: These plums become quite soft to the touch, and you will be able to detect a significant ‘give’ to the flesh when they are ripe. Let them attain room temperature before eating, and trust your retailer to get maturity right!
Origin: Metis® Tonic and its sister varieties are the result of crosses between various types of stone fruit. Metis is an acronyn for Most Exciting Tasty Inter Specific. The varietal improvement technique was developed in the 1950s by Norman Bradford in California, working with Fred Anderson, and continued by Normans’s son, Glen, who joined the team in the 1980’s. In the early 80s, the Metis Project began in Europe with the collaborative efforts of several well-know stone fruit producers.
Grown in: California, Spain, France, Italy
Harvest and Availability:
- August: Spain, France, Italy
- September: Spain, France, Italy
- October: Spain, France, Italy