Sunday, 30 July 2017

Good year for plums - bad for grapes

As we reported a week or so back, the trees of our garden are groaning with juicy plums and we are not alone. The departments of Lot and Tarn & Garonne produce 50% of all the plums grown commercially in France. The fine June weather with rain at just the right time has allowed the plums to ripen in time.
Melons were over-produced and were dumped or sold at a loss and frost and hail in the spring has damaged many grape vines, threatening the harvests in the Lot.
But the harvest of the delicious reine claude plums (greengages) is in full swing and our black plums will be ripe in abundance in a week. Promises a good production of prunes (pruneaux d'Agen), a major export of the area.
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