Early Transparent Gage makes a good choice if you want to grow a gage which is not as fussy as the Old Green Gage. Cropping is heavy by gage standards (although still light compared with many plums) and it is reasonably reliable.
Early Transparent Gage has the rich sweet gage-like flavor and aroma of a genuine gage, but it is also a good culinary variety producing a well-flavored straw-colored jam.
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By gage standards, Early Transparent Gage is quite easy to grow and the tree is a bit more vigourous than most gages. It can be grown in the north of the UK but benefits from a south-facing situation.
Early Transparent Gage was raised by the famous Rivers Nursery in Hertfordshire in the 1860s, from an open-pollinated Transparent Gage (Reine Claude Diaphane). It is one of the "diaphanous" gages, on account of its translucent skin and flesh.