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I was on a trip to the middle east a year or so ago around mid spring. I was offered what looked like a green plum.

The taste was very sour and hard (not soft like a plum). The locals called it "janarek" and for the life of me I can't find it here in North America.

The closest I've found were the yellow and golden plums

the mysterious green plums I'm talking about are a bit smaller and lot crunchier.

any ideas on what its name, and where I can buy it from?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Maybe you had the Greengage plum.

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do you know if we can buy them online somewhere, here in north america? – dassouki Jul 19 '10 at 19:21
I have only seen the jam online. Not even preserves. – papin Jul 19 '10 at 19:40

I believe these are also known as Greengages in English speaking countries (well, in the UK, at least)

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I recently sampled these at a Babylon Market in Tucson, Arizona. The owner called them "green plums" but also the name you mentioned, "janarek." He said they're not easy to find -- he gets them from a company in California that imports them. You might look around for a Middle Eastern market = )

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