Saturday, September 7, 2013
Les Mirabelles - the fruit symbol of Lorraine!
I currently live in the east region of France, in Lorraine specifically. In the past almost 2 years, I have loved discovering this region through my kitchen. And a Lorraine kitchen without Mirabelles is not a complete kitchen. The Mirabelle fruit is a variety of prunes and it is the fruit symbol of Lorraine. Lorraine is responsible for at least 80% of the country's Mirabelles production!
Because of the ideal weather condition and soil, many households have their own Mirabellier, or Mirabelle Tree in their backyard. MR and I don't, so we went ahead and bought 5 kilos yesterday from a couple who had more than enough their share. At 1 Euro per kilo, this was way cheaper than what we find at the supermarket (prices can go up to 4 Euros per kilo)! And these are guaranteed organic!
And then my brother-in-law dropped by this morning with more Mirabelles from their own trees! Oh yeah!!!! Images of tarts and jams floated in my mind. Yummmmmm!
The Mirabelle is a small, oval-shaped yellow fruit; a variety of the plum. When ripe, these are extremely sweet! Its season is from mid-August to about mid-September. Once they are picked, they can be kept up to 3 days in a dry area. Otherwise, it is advisable to keep in the freezer.
How to store them? Coming up in the next post!