Long regarded as a fruit of the second division (only suitable for brandies or jam), plums have recently become a fashionable fruit and are now widely available on market stalls.
Originating in Asia, plums were believed to be first brought back into France by the Duke of Anjou & Lorraine at the beginning of the 15th century. The small round, yellow plum is now mainly produced in France and in particular, in the region of Lorraine, where it plays an important role in the region’s identity. As a result, it has been nicknamed ‘The Yellow Gold of Lorraine’. Its delicate and sweet taste makes it a favourite amongst many food-lovers however its short harvest period means it’s quite expensive, often costing 10 € per kilo.
The Mirabelle plum is rich in antioxidants, mainly beta-carotene, which help slow the cellular ageing process of the skin.
Its fibres actively help digestion and the prevention of constipation.
It is low in calories, with 100g of plums worth only 60 calories. It is therefore a friend of both food-lovers and their waists.
Containing more than 80% water, Mirabelle plums can play an an important role in the body’s proper hydration.
Mirabelle plums are also a source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium, trace elements necessary for the proper functioning of the body.
How to eat them?
Mirabelle plums can be eaten raw; just crunch into them, ensuring to avoid the kernel. They’re ideal for a quick snack or can be added to meaty stews or pies. They also make for delicious accompaniments to foie gras, poultry, fish, seafood, almonds and honey.