Czar Plum
 

Czar Plum

Fruit of the Month - July 2015

Rivers' famous plum

First Reported~1871
LocationSawbridgeworth
UsesDesert/culinary
AppearanceBlue/black/purple
BlossomsMarch
CropsAugust

The Czar is possibly the most well-known of the 30 varieties of plum which have been named so far in Rivers Orchard. It is named in honour of the Russian Emperor (Czar) Nicholas II who visited England in May 1874.

The Czar is a cross between Prince Englebert and Early Prolific and was raised by Thomas Rivers of Sawbridgeworth some years before the Russian Czar's state visit; perhaps in 1871.

It became a very popular plum commercially in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. It is a medium, free-stoned fruit, blue/black/purple- skinned with yellowish green flesh which is pleasantly acidic. Excellent for jam making and is a 'tangy' eater.

The Czar crops well and regularly. It fruits just before the middle of August. It will tolerate frost, and heavy or acidic soils.

External Sites with Further Information

Orange Pippin     Victoria Nursery

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