Greengage is the popular name for all varieties of the Gage species which is a kind of plum. Said to be named after the Gage family who imported it into England from France at the end of the eighteenth century, the greengage is usually a round fruit, green in colour, turning to yellow in September when fully ripe. Greengages have a sweet flavour and are usually eaten fresh as a dessert fruit. They may also be cooked and made into tarts, puddings and jams, or bottled or frozen. There are several varieties of gages, the most famous of which is probably the Reine Claude, named after the wife of Francis 1 of France. Of the old English gages, the best is generally considered to be the Cambridge Gage. Coe’s Golden

Drop differs from the usual gage shape in that it is more of a pear-shape, but the flavour is similar.