Main course

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Now onto the main event, and what could hit the spot bet­ter than a but­ter-basted roast chicken stuffed with prunes? This in­volves a trip south to Agen in Lot-et-Garonne. The prunes here are made from the fa­mous Ente plum, a de­li­cious hy­brid cre­ated in the 13th cen­tury when lo­cal plum va­ri­eties were crossed with damask plums that pil­grims and cru­saders had brought back to France from Syria. The re­sult­ing glossy, al­most black, prunes with am­ber flesh are to­day held in high es­teem, and a jar of prunes mac­er­ated in lo­cally-har­vested Ar­magnac would be high on any gourmet’s Christ­mas list! The name Ente does not re­fer to a place but a method, as the plum trees are re­pro­duced by graft­ing ( en­ter in French). Con­fus­ingly, how­ever, the word prune in French ac­tu­ally means plum whereas the French word for prune is pruneau.

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