Prunus domestica ‘St. Martin Quetsche’
A Prunus domestica L. cultivar. Fruit medium sized, ovate, or rather heart-shaped. Skin pale yellow, covered with white bloom. Flesh yellowish, sweet, and well-flavoured, separating from the stone. Shoots smooth. A very late plum. Ripe in the middle of October. [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.254/1860].
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘Of German origin; introduced into this country [USA] during the second quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Fruit of medium size, ovate, yellow, sometimes blushed; covered with a thin bloom; flesh yellowish, juicy, rich; good; late; fruit hangs to the tree long after maturity.’ [Plums of New York p.538]. Synonyms suggesting a violet or red skin are presumably referring to the skin blush that appears in favourable seasons.
History at Camden Park
Listed in Addenda to the 1857 catalogue as ‘Quetsche St. Martin’s’ [Plum no.24/1857]. But see also ‘Coe’s Late Red’, which also has been known as ‘Saint Martin’.
Published May 27, 2010 - 05:03 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2011 - 05:09 PM
|Region of origin||
Garden origin, Germany
Dessert Plum, autumn
|Name in the Camden Park Record||
Quetsche St. Martin’s