Cherry plum

Cherries plums are ripened on August and they are harvested shaking the tree with a hook. They are little, yellow, pink spotted and very perfumed. They are used in pies, jams, sweets, brandies and Chiquand'li (chocolates stuffed with cherry plum crystallized fruit, flavoured with brandy).

The cherry plum trail

The Pays de la Mirabelle (cherry plum country) is composed of 13 villages situated between Doubs and Haute-Saône: Abbenans, Marvelise, Gémonval, Bournois, Fallon, Grammont, Courchaton, Melecey, Georfans, Vellechevreux-et-Courbenans, Crevans et la Chapelle les Granges, Secenans et Saulnot.

In the 19th century, because of phylloxera, vineyards have been replaced with cherry plum trees. Their culture increased until the 60s, 70s, but in the 80s it decreased a lot. Thanks to people's will and a common action, cherry plum tree has been saved. Since then, the Syndicat des Producteurs de Mirabelles des Hauts Coteaux du Pays de Villersexel (Villersexel producers union) leads several actions : to plant cherry plum trees, to stimulate the production, to make the local cherry plum known as a specific variety.

A sign was put at every entrance of cherry plum producer village. Just follow the yellow and green sign and stroll through orchards.

See and do :

  • The Cherry Plum Walking footpath, walk between 6 and 12km, about cherry plum
    Information: Information Center of the Pays de Villersexel
    Phone number : (00 33) 3 84 20 59 59

Events ?

  • The cherry plum market, every year on August, in a cherry plum producer village
    Contact: Information Center of the Pays de Villersexel
    Phone number : (00 33) 3 84 20 59 59

Tasting ?

  • Villersexel area of cherry-plum Producer union
    Contact: Jean-Paul BLANDIN
    Phone number : (00 33) 3 84 20 27 32
  • La Ferme du Château à Fallon
    Contact: Marylène BLANDIN
    Phone number : (00 33) 3 84 20 27 32
     
  • Pâtisserie "Aux Petits Plaisirs" à Villersexel
    Phone number : (00 33) 3 63 75 15 22
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