The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Gablits on plum trees

All varieties ripen in July. There are particular varieties with golden fruit (such as the St. Catherine plum) around Bahcesaray and Sudak and an astonishing sort "with fruit the size of chicken eggs," but the common variety - called chernosliv in Russian - can be found everywhere in great abundance. "The Tatars call it irik and make a drink by boiling plum juice to create a syrup and mixing the syrup with water." (see page 70)

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