You can eat plums from Brignoles in jams, in cakes, as a dry fruit... It’s an oblong fruit, with a black or red peel. Its pulp is pretty sweet with a nice orange colour.
The tradition said that Brignoles name comes from Celtic brin, "plum", and on, "delicious, nice"... a delicious plum, yes!
It’s a dry fruit produced since the 16th century: we also called it pistole, which was a money (when they dried the fruit, it became round and flat like that money).
In that century, people were fond of those plums. Hey, they also said that duke de Guise loved Brignoles' plums! He ate one when he was murdered in the castle of Blois...
In the height of war of Religion. Catholics against Protestants. Guise led the Ligue, the Catholics. Guise wanted the French crown, so he started to plot with Spain and multiplied intrigues. So, king of France Henri III asked Guise to join him in Blois castle, to take part in the Estates General.
To put an end to his throne claims. We were on December 23th 1588. An awfully chilly morning on Blois! The castle’s apartments, still plunged into darkness, literally froze. Duke of Guise had to go the Estates General.
He crossed the castle’s gallery, gravely, tight-lipped. A rough-hewn face, accentuated by the scar he get at war. He spent the night with a lady and he had a sleepless night... He fell ill. Come on!! Guise shook his head and he pulled himself together.
He opened the door of the meeting’s room. Guise suddenly shivered and realized his nose was bleeding. Damn. He asked a handkerchief to his butler and also plums from Brignoles to the king’s butler, Saint-Prix. Guise ate them and fell better.
Yeah, but few minutes later, the duke of Guise will be murder by Henri III’s henchmen... Whoosh, they threw his corpse in the river Loire, with fishes... what a death! So, really fateful, our Brignoles' plum?