Mirabelle plums are a regional fruit that is in season from July to September. Why the sweet, little fruits are very healthy, how they can be stored well and what you can do with them besides snacking on them.
Mirabelle plums are a small, yellow type of plum and belong to the indigenous stone fruit. They taste fresh and pure or as jam.
At a glance:
Origin and season of mirabelle plums
Mirabelle plums grow in Germany in sunny, sheltered places. They belong to the rose family, more precisely to the plums (Prunus domestica) and are originally from Asia. The mirabelle found its way to Europe in the Middle Ages and only about 300 years ago to Germany. The origin of the word is being discussed, presumably a French place gave its name. The fruits are similar to the Renekloden, which is also a yellow plum variety. Mirabelle plums can be harvested from July to August. They are ripe when they are bright orange-yellow, sometimes they have red speckles or cheeks on the sunny side. Almost 90 percent of the mirabelle plums consumed in Germany were also harvested in Germany. Most of the growing areas are in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg.
Healthy mirabelle plums: nutritional values and vital substances
100 grams of mirabelle plums contain around 65 kilocalories and a comparatively high amount of fructose, namely 14 percent – hence the sweet taste. At the same time, the plum fruit provides various B vitamins, A, C and E, as well as a lot of beta-carotene. More than 80 percent of the Mirabelle is water, there is hardly any fat and 1.5 percent Fiber. Of the minerals in mirabelle plums, potassium is the main ingredient, while manganese and copper predominate in trace elements. In addition, there are many pectins in mirabelle plums, which ensure a healthy bowel function.
Shelf life and storage of mirabelle plums
Ideally, mirabelle plums are consumed fresh or processed directly. Mirabelle plums keep fresh for two to three days when stored in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. They can be easily detached from the core. Mirabelle plums can also be frozen. To do this, pit the mirabelle plums, spread them on a tray and freeze in the freezer for an hour. Then you can put them in a container without them sticking together.
What can you do with mirabelle plums?
Mirabelle plums are ideal for fresh consumption, but can also be used well on fruit cakes. In addition, the fruits are a popular basis for fine brandies such as schnapps and liqueurs. In Georgia they form the basis of the traditional sauce “Tkemali”. Mirabelle plums are also ideal for preserving as compote, jam or syrup.
Recipe: Mirabelle jam with nectarines and kiwi fruit
Ingredients for about ten glasses:
- 600 grams of mirabelle, arises
- 250 grams of kiwi fruit, peeled
- 400 grams of nectarines, pitted
- 1 packet of citric acid
- 1 kilogram of preserving sugar
- to taste: two to four sprigs of rosemary
preparation: Cut all the fruits into small pieces and stir in a saucepan with the rosemary, preserving sugar and citric acid. Bring everything to a boil and let it boil down for four minutes. Fish out the rosemary, immediately pour the jam into clean jars and seal. Turn it upside down for ten minutes, then turn it over and let it cool.
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