Meritare is an attractive new early-season plum from Sweden.
Meritare is quite similar to Victoria in appearance and flavour, and probably better for eating fresh, and the fruit-size is much larger.
This is a good choice if you are looking for an early-season plum to grow in colder climates.
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Meritare is considered too light-cropping by many commercial growers, but for the gardener this is a good thing - lighter crops often mean better flavour, and larger fruit size.
Although it can in some ways be considered an early Victoria-style plum, it is closely related to the well-known Swedish Opal plum. It inherits that variety's early ripening and robust health and cold-hardiness.
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Meritare was developed in the 1980s at the Balsgaard research station in southern Sweden. It is a cross between an American dessert plum called Ontario, and the well-known Opal plum from Sweden. (Some authorities state incorrectly that it was developed at the INRA research station in Bordeaux, France).