The green gage plum or simply greengage, is a relatively small freestone fruit that despite its green color, is not tart or sour, but rather sweet. Depending on the variety, the greengage can be a pale yellow-green to bright lime color with a red speckling. The dense and firm flesh is a pale yellow, amber color, bursting with juice. Its sweet taste is reminiscent of honey, dried apricot, and ripe mango with a slight tartness. Available only in the summer (as with other stone fruit), the green gage plum has vitamins A and C, along with potassium and other micronutrients.
Ripening and Storage:
This plum will usually fall off the tree when it is ripe. However, commercially grown greengages are picked before they are ripe. Ripe green gage plums will yield with a light squeeze. If not yet ripe, leave on the counter at room temperature. Store ripe plums in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Eat the green gage plum as you would any other plum or stone fruit. Eat the fruit whole, avoiding the stem and central seed, or slice in half and remove the seed and stem before slicing in wedges.
Enjoy fresh as a snack or dessert, or use as an ingredient in desserts, compotes, jams, and reductions. Some varieties are mostly used for alcoholic spirits or canning. This plum pairs well with warming spices such as vanilla and nutmeg, as well as mild fresh cheeses such as goat's cheese.