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1. a cultivated variety of plum tree, Prunus domestica italica, with edible green plumlike fruits
2. the fruit of this tree
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a group of plum varieties. The trees reach a height of 6–7 m. The spherical fruits are green, yellow, or purple; the firm or tender pulp is juicy and sweet. Greengage plums are eaten fresh, made into jam, or stewed. A typical example is the green Reine Claude. Its almost spherical fruits measure 35–40 mm across; the pulp is greenish yellow, very tender, and tasty. The plums ripen in mid-August or early September, yielding as much as 140 kg of plums per tree. Greengage plums are grown in France, Italy, the German Democratic Republic, and the Federal Republic of Germany. In the USSR a number of varieties, such as the Al’tan Greengage, Tambov Greengage, and Reine Claude, have been regionalized.

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When I was an old man it was enough that one greengage in a hundred reminded me of that.
Greengages make excellent jam or compotes as when they are cooked down the liquid concentrates and the flavour intensifies.
Line the base of the cake tin with the halved greengages, arranging them cut-side down and carefully pour in the batter.
Similarly, you don't often see greengages in the shops, though in season many independent greengrocers do have the occasional tray of locally-picked fruit.
I remember being served stewed greengages with custard at school, and as most of my classmates disliked them, I ended up with bowlfuls of the things.
He liked to have Grandmother sitting there, wearing her panama hat and armed with a Hy-whisk, while he stood on a ladder picking the yellow plums, the rosy Victorias, and the small, sweet greengages.
It has a racy, mouthwatering palate of greengages and fruit cocktail.
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You really can smell the pear skin and also greengages. It tastes crisp, clean and bone dry with citrus acidity.
It's also a working farm and farmer's wife turned chef Olwen Evans buys all her produce locally, smoking her own fish and making jam from greengages and loganberries.
The hedges around here are abundant in blackberries, sloes, apples, cherries, plums, damsons and wild greengages, so I make very good jam.