This post 'Miss Emilie's Opal Plum Pie' was originally uploaded by Tyra in the blog Tyras Garden
Now I so wish you could taste this!
Miss Emilie's plum and almond pie, it is so delicious. The thin crispy pie shell merges together with from the plum slightly moist layer of coarse almond paste and then on the top the lovely sugar powdered Opal plums. It is beautiful to look at and absolutely scrumptious, sweet in taste and yet still a bit tangy from the Opal fruit.
October flowers and food.
- Echinacea with a butterfly friend, my red Morton's basil,
Opal plum fruit and Miss Emilie's plum & almond tart.
Opal is a Swedish self-fertile plumtree, a successful cross of a french and an english plum. This sure is one of my favourites. Beautiful and tasty, it is a really nice cooking plum too, perfect for marmalades and chutneys.
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This is what Ashridge trees says about the Opal plum tree.
"Opal plums are sweet, bite-sized dessert plums that range in colour from bright yellow to deep purple, on the same tree and often on the same fruit. They have pale yellow flesh with a characteristic Greengage flavour. Opal plums are early fruiters in a good year you can start picking the first fruit at the end of July. Because they are so early, Opal plums ripen rapidly and so do better in the South of England; they also reward being planted in a south facing spot - trained against a south facing wall or ina warm corner is perfect.
Opal's History and Parentage
Opal is one of the creations of the Horticultural Research Stations in Alnarp and Balsgard in Sweden. It was produced from a cross between two classic plum trees, Early Favourite and Oullins Gage, which are respectively tough English and tasty French varieties.
Plum Tree Pollination guide for Opal Prunus domestica
Opal plum trees are truly self-fertile, which means no pollination partner is needed. It really is a good plum as it crops steadily each year." read further at Ashridge trees