Roselle may be used raw, dried or juiced. The fruit's tart flavor requires a sweetener of some kind, and it is successfully used like a cranberry in recipes for jam, jelly, chutney and even wine.
Barrel Cactus Fruit
The fruit of the Barrel cactus is best prepared in sweet applications, since its natural tartness lends itself well to a hint of sugar. Cook the fruit down with agave syrup to make a jam, jelly or a sweet and sour chutney.
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The Greengage plum is deceptive in its looks, perhaps suggesting sour flavors with its unripe shades of mottled green and a taste similar to that of a tart granny smith apple. Rather, they have some of the highest sugar levels measurable, some reading almost 30 brix on the refractometer. They are a relatively small plum and depending upon variety can range from pale yellow-green to bright lime with rusty red speckling on their exterior. The amber colored inner flesh is dense and juicy with a tender yet firm texture, bursting with syrup-like juices. The Greengage's flavor is the perfect balance of candy-like sweetness and subtle acidity offering notes of honey, dried apricot, ripe mango and citrus marmalade.
Greengage plums are available during the summer.
The Greengage is a European plum that is botanically classified as Prunus domestica. It is a uniquely sweet freestone variety that is regarded by some as the ultimate plum in terms of flavor. There are over a dozen different cultivars of the species, including Reine Claude, Imperial Gage, Golden Transparent, Bryanston, Cambridge Gage and Laxton’s Gage. Each of these are identified by slight differences in skin color, flesh appearance, and seasonality, but always similar in their shape and confectionary-like flavors.
Greengage plums supply vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals such as potassium and phosphorus.
Greengage plums are best for fresh eating and used as a principle ingredient in desserts such as cakes, ice creams and pies. They also make delicious compotes, jams and reductions while some varieties are specifically used for alcohol spirits and canning purposes. Complimentary flavors include vanilla, nutmeg, tropical fruits, chocolate, butter and citrus. Savory pairings include mild fresh cheeses such as chevre and ricotta, herbs such as arugula, chiles, fennel and basil, bacon, lamb and raw sashimi grade seafood such as albacore and scallops. To store, refrigerate ripe fruit for up to one week.
The Greengage plum's given French name is Reine Claude, named after Queen Claude.
There are three different categories of plums: Japanese, Italian and European. The Greengage plum is a European plum which was introduced into England by Sir Thomas Gage in the early 16th century. It was first cultivated in France from a green-fruited plum native to Asia Minor, specifically Armenia. The Greengage plum tree is known to bear fruit biannually. Pruning the tree to prevent excessive fruit production in one season can prevent scarce harvests in successive years.
Recipes that include Greengage Plums. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Cook Almost Anything||Greengage Plum Jam|
|Little Bird Eats||Almond, Greengage and Plum Crumble|
|Chez Pim||Reine Claude (Green Gage Plum) and Vanilla Jam|
|Desert Candy||Greengage Plum and Pistachio Crisp|
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