Plum - Brooks
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A juicy, sweet Brooks Plum.
Prunus domestica
Plum - Brooks

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Brooks Plum an open-pollinated seedling of unknown parentage. It originated in Homedale, Idaho, and was discovered by Bert and Glenn Brooks of the Lafayette Nursery Company of Lafayette, Oregon in 1935. It was introduced commercially in 1937, and received patent number 498 on December 30, 1941. It was found in July 1935 when the seedling tree was six years old. Buds from this tree were propagated at their nursery.

It is a very large, sweet, dark purple, freestone plum with firm and flavorful yellow flesh. Brooks is great for fresh eating, preserves, canning and drying. It was also the main variety in Oregon’s dried plum industry. Brooks is probably a seedling of the Itailan Prune plum, also known as Fellenberg Plum. It is larger and sweeter than Italian Prune, and ripens one week earlier.

Anthony Boutard gives some history on the Oregon prune industry:
“Col. Henry Dosch, of Hillsdale, Oregon, was a tireless proponent of the Oregon Fellenberg Prune. The late 1800s and early 1900s was the era of the great expositions and world fairs, and Dosch urged fellow prune growers to use these venues to promote the prune in the world. He felt confident that consumers would soon [see] the difference between “the evaporated Oregon prune and the sun-dried insipid California prunes.” Oregon prune growers never did bother to promote the fruit, selling them instead to the California fruit cooperatives, where stripped of their identity, they wound up as prune juice. The prune orchards of Oregon are pretty much a thing of the past.”

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