Considered a delicacy amongst plums, the heritage Mirabelle plums are small, round and have a particularly sweet flavour. A small deciduous tree, the Mirabelle de Nancy cultivar is one of the most popular varieties of plum, and it is believed to originate from the Lorraine region in France, where it has been cultivated since the 15th century. Its late season fruit is bright yellow, and is excellent when eaten fresh or cooked.
In the spring, Plum Mirabelle de Nancy is at its loveliest. The whole tree is engulfed in masses of tiny, white blossoms, lightly scented and attractive to pollinators. The flowers are followed by a heavy crop of creamy Mirabelle plums that ripen to a honey-yellow colour. The fruit this tree produces is stone-free, both dessert and culinary, and has a sweet, sugary flavour.