TARTE AUX MIRABELLES This French tart is traditionally made with fresh, ripe mirabelles when they're in season, but you can substitute almost any kind of fruit, including apples, rhubarb, red currants, and other types of plums.
While most of the world associates France with the grape, the mirabelle plum (Prunus domestica subsp.
About 80 percent of the world's commercial mirabelle harvest comes from northeastern France, where Lorraine has developed a unique cuisine.
In summer, the city of Metz holds a two-week mirabelle celebration, and similar festivals pop up all over the region.
An excellent choice for backyard gardeners, mirabelle trees stay a manageable size, usually 12 to 16 feet in height at maturity.
I've been lucky enough to spend time in Lorraine, living with a family who makes their own delicious mirabelle jams, pies, and Schnapps.
Distillation is a great way to preserve and store a large mirabelle crop.