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Pershore plum



The Pershore plum was the mainstay of the English plum industry in the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire  from the mid 19th century until the early 20th century.  It is also popularly known as the Yellow Egg plum from its yellow colour, and because it is one of a group of plums which have a distinctive egg-like oval shape.

Pershore is in many ways the perfect commercial plum.  It is a reliable and heavy cropper.  The trees are compact in size, and the blossom has some frost resistance.  The tree is resistant to the two main plum diseases, canker and silverleaf.  The fruit can be picked un-ripe and stored for several weeks. 

The one slight drawback for the amateur grower is that Pershore is really not a plum for eating fresh off the tree - the flesh appears to have little or no juice, and the flavour is merely acidic.  However it is transformed by cooking into a golden yellow puree with a good plum flavour which is ideal for jam or pie fillings.

Pershore is complimented by another variety from the same area, Purple Pershore (and hence is often referred to as the Yellow Pershore).  However although the shape and uses are similar there is some doubt as to whether these two varieties are actually related.

Last updated 18 Aug 2012.

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13 Dec 2012 
I found and planted a Yellow Egg plum 4 years ago. It fruited the 2nd year and produced a half bushel of plums this past fall. It ripens in mid-September here in Idaho. I make juice, plum sauce and jams with the harvest since the flesh breaks down almost immediately with cooking. I eat a few between the orchard and house since I let it fully ripen on the tree. The juicy sweet flesh is somewhat 'grainy' and the skin rough, not as tart as my Catalina and Black Ice plums. I haven't tried keeping the plums for any length of time since I tend to pick and process.



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A widely grown commercial plum, primarily used for baking, jam, canning and other culinary purposes. Sometimes known as Yellow Pershore or Yellow Egg.

Origins

  • Species: Prunus domestica
  • Originates from: Pershore in Worcestershire, United Kingdom
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1547

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Yellow
  • Fruit shape: Long / oval
  • Stone clinging?: Clinging
  • Sub-group: Yellow egg

Using

  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Harvest period: Mid-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks Can be picked un-ripe and stored

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • General disease resistance: Good

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Blossom frost-resistance: Good resistance

Other qualities

  • Awards: RHS AGM 1993

Diseases

  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Silverleaf  Chondrostereum purpureum  - Some resistance

Also known as

  • Yellow Egg
  • Yellow Pershore

References and further reading about this variety

  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon
    As Yellow Pershore

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • 17th April  2012  - tree owned by Celia in MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season





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