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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.

USDA identification images for Pershore

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.


    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 13 Dec 2012  ID - IDAHO, United States
      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.

    Tree register

    United Kingdom

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2012 season

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

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2010 season

    • 2nd week July  2010  - tree owned by Simon in Malvern, United Kingdom

    Origins

    • Species: Prunus domestica

    Using

    • Picking season: Mid
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Food uses: Culinary

    Growing

    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable

    Climate

    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Identification

    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.



    References

    • Fruit Expert
      Author: Hessayon
      As Yellow Pershore

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