Related to the Damson, arising in the middle east arriving in France in the middle ages. Small round yellow fruits up to 3cm diameter ripen early August. The pale to golden yellow skin has a slight white bloom. Its yellow flesh is sweet and richly flavoured around a semi clinging small plump round stone. Good eaten fresh but can be cooked or turned into liquor which seems very popular nowadays!
This variety and other Mirabelles are grown much in the French region of Lorraine close to the German border. The city of Nancy in this region has given its name to the variety. Given its close proximity Mirabelles are popular in adjacent parts of Germany also.
Partially self fertile. Not often cultivated in the UK, flowering early it benefits from shelter and a warm spring.