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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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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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