My first green gage is too sweet

milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)September 8, 2012

I got about 10 green gages this year. I bought the tree from Costco several years ago; couldn't resist the price, so I don't know which green gage it is. Are they supposed to be so sweet you can hardly eat more than a few?

What could a person do with a whole tree of these?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Share them with friends or sell at the farmers market. And I prefer to eat just one great fruit rather than several store bought types. Sounds like you have a good problem.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 7:02PM
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glib(5.5)

Green gages make honey sweet plums in temperate, not-so-sunny parts of the world like Central Europe. Once you expose them to the relentless Colorado sun, they will have an even higher brix. I'd love to take this problem out of your hands. Worse comes to worse, you can always make plum wine, but picking them a bit green will also do.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:05PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

As soon as I tasted it I thought about wine!

Anyone here ever made green gage wine? I watched a British series called Foyle's War with one episode having green gage wine mentioned. In every scene it got a sour look. I wonder if that is the normal idea. Sort of like fruit cake for Christmas?

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:29PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Easy solution, milehigh, dig it up, box it up, and mail it to hoosierquilt, who loves sweet, sweet stone fruits :-) Great problem to have. My Flavor King pluots were like that this year. Thanks for the tip, Fruitnut. My gosh that was a good pluot.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 11:33PM
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canadianplant

Could possibly be due to lack of rain in CO as well? THe lack of rain has the same effect that it has on peaches and cantelope right?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 7:54AM
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glib(5.5)

Yes, you could also water more, and they will be less sweet. But really, we are all jealous of your super-sweet green gage.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 10:38AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

Well, I feel better now. I admit that I have not watered them regularly. I am in the process of figuring out a watering system for next year. My peaches really needed more water. They say distressed grapes make the best wine, so I guess I might have distressed plum wine next year if I don't water more.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 2:38PM
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canadianplant

THe peaches in the SE states are very sweet this year, and same with southern ontario (where there was some form of drought)

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 7:08PM
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