Gage - Early Transparent - tasting notes, identification, reviews
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Early Transparent gage

Early Transparent is one of a sub-group of Reine Claude plums (gages) which are "diaphanous" or transparent (Reine Claude Diaphane).  The skin is thin and if the fruit is held up to the light it is sometimes possible to see the flesh and stone inside.

Early Transparent makes a good choice if you want to grow a gage which is not as fussy as the Old Green Gage.  Cropping is heavy by gage standards (although still light compared with many plums) and it is reasonably reliable.  It has the rich sweet gage-like flavour and aroma of a genuine gage, but it is also an excellent culinary variety producing a well-flavoured straw-coloured jam.

Last updated 24 Mar 2013.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 4

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10 Oct 2017 
This is by far the best plum or gage I have ever tasted. It is very sweet, but has a depth of flavour which surpasses everything else. My wife, who for years has maintained that Victoria plum was her favourite, changed he mind as soon as she tasted her first Early Transparent Gage. She now thinks that by comparison, Victoria is bland and tasteless. This is definitely one for eating. It would be a waste to use it for cooking or jam making.

24 Aug 2015 
Lovely sweet Gage/Plum, our tree bears well but is a little variable in cropping. Lighter flavor than Victoria more Green Gage like. Wasps love them presumably due to thin skins, also experience quite a lot of brown rot which you have to watch out for especially in the bunches. I would recommend this Gage.

06 Jul 2012 
I love this plum.It's really exquisite !!! All My Best. Andrea Cappi.( Location : Albenga(SV),Italy.

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One of the easier gages to grow, and unlike most gages is useful for cooking too.

Early Transparent phototape


  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Parentage: Transparent Gage
  • Originates from: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 19th century
  • Developed by: Rivers of Sawbridgeworth
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1260


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / mottled
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Stone clinging?: Free stone


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Gage-like
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters


  • Brown rot  Monilinia fructigena  - Some susceptibility


  • Fruit splitting  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Siblings of this variety (same parentage):

References and further reading about this variety

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon

Early Transparent identification photos from website visitors

Early Transparent Gage blossom
Early Transparent Gage blossom

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • April  2017  - tree owned by John in CONGLETON, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 2nd week August  2017  - tree owned by John in CONGLETON, United Kingdom

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