This is our Greengage tree (photographed in summer), almost every year it produces a large crop of sickly sweet plums that are (to my taste) almost inedible.
However they do make wonderfully naughty Eau de Vie.
Eau de Vie is made locally using 'well hidden' stills. Strange wood-fired machines that convert barrels-full of rotting plums into near lethal alcohol are found hidden in old barns, or covered by tarpaulins, deep in the woods.
Hereabouts, the three most popular fruits for making this elixir are grapes, pears, and plums.
Eau de Vie is sold, or passed around, discreetly. I'm not a drinker of strong spirits, but I do like to have a bottle in the house..... just in case.
Here's one that I've just been given.
Will I ever sample it? Not sure.
I've blacked-out the maker's name just in case the Revenue Men are on my tail!