The greengage is a type of plum. A sweet plum to be precise with a green to green-yellowish color, rather oval shaped, and a little smaller then the common plum. It finds its origin in France where greengages are still grown and exported all over the world.
Greengage (Prunus domestica italica)
The greengage is an excellent source for providing the body with carbohydrates, natural sugars, dietary fiber, fat, protein, vitamin A and C, phosphorus, potassium, several of organic acids, flavonoids, phenolic acids, and antioxidants.
It is said that the greengage increases the metabolism and it also seems to possess detoxifying properties.
I did come across a controversy though which got me puzzled. One site mentioned that this fruit would provide you with more energy, while another states that the natural tranquilizers in this fruit calm muscles and sooth nerves and hence stimulate your natural sleep pattern. Well, either one would be fine with me.
The greengage can be eaten as is, but it also lends itself very well for making pies, sorbets, and preserves. You can store ripe greengages in the fridge for several days and in case they are not ripe enough yet, you can leave them out until they are.
Greengage trees are easily grown as long as you plant them in rich, well-drained, moist soil and a sunny spot. Besides watering and a regular pruning between April and September, they don't require any other maintenance.
That is even easier then 'maintaining' ourselves so to speak. We need a regular pruning as well and a constant drink of God's word and guidance in order to bear good fruit. It is a comfort knowing that our Gardener is always there to help and provide us with all we need!
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.