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Visiting a Plum Farm in the Lot-et-Garonne – Bilingual Story

Pierre By Pierre on January 3, 2017
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Pierre and his French immersion student Deborah are taking us to a plum far in the countryside of Lot-et-Garonne. Discover the plum drying process and practice your French with this bilingual story.

1 – How To Say Plum and Prune in French

Au fait, attention aux faux amis : «une prune » veut dire « a plum », et «un pruneau » veut dire «a prune » !

By the way, watch the faux amis : “une prune” is “a plum” and “un pruneau” is “a prune”.


2 – Visiting a Plum Farm in France

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Mon étudiante en immersion américaine Deborah et moi sommes allés rencontrer Jean-Pierre, un pruniculteur voisin de notre maison. Il nous a emmenés faire un tour dans son verger de pruniers. Nous nous sommes promenés dans le verger et avons goûté aux prunes fraßches. Ensuite nous avons assisté au processus de triage et de séchage et Deborah a pris des photos.

My American immersion student Deborah and I went to meet Jean-Pierre, a plum grower close to our house. He took us on a tour of his plum orchard. We walked in the orchard and tasted the fresh plums. Then, we watched the sorting and drying process and Deborah took pictures.


3 – Different Steps of Plum Farming in France

  1. Récolte des prunes avec des tracteurs. 
    Harvest from the trees with the tractors. 
  2. Nettoyage et triage des prunes. Les employĂ©s (ouvriers agricoles) trient les prunes selon deux tailles aprĂšs l’introduction dans la machine. Une fois triĂ©es, les prunes sont mises sur des claies pour ĂȘtre envoyĂ©es vers les fours.
    Washing and sorting of the prunes. Workers sort the prunes into two sizes after they are put into the machine. Once sorted they are put on special drying racks to be sent to the ovens
  3. Les fours sont trÚs chauds (80°Celsius). Les prunes y sÚchent pendant 24 heures.
    The ovens are very hot ( 80°Celsius), the prunes dry for 24 hours.
  4. AprĂšs la sortie des fours, elles sont triĂ©es Ă  nouveau. Cette inspection concerne la texture et la rĂ©gularitĂ© de la cuisson. Toutes les tiges et queues sont Ă©galement enlevĂ©es. Si l’aspect et la forme des pruneaux ne sont pas parfaits, ils sont triĂ©s pour ĂȘtre utilisĂ©s dans la fabrication de confitures ou de crĂšmes. Si les prunes ne sont pas assez sĂ©chĂ©es (parce qu’elles sont trop grosses), elles retournent dans les fours.
    After the prunes come out of the ovens, they are sorted once again. This inspection is for the texture and evenness of cooking. Also, any stems are removed.If the prunes are not picture perfect they will be sorted for confiture or to make sauces. If the prunes are not completing cooked (because they are too large), they will go back in the oven.
  5. Quand ces Ă©tapes sont terminĂ©es, les pruneaux sont prĂȘts Ă  ĂȘtre vendus.
    Once these steps have been completed the prunes are ready to be sold

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4 – Plum Drying Sheds of the Lot-et-Garonne

Avant, les prunes Ă©taient sĂ©chĂ©es dans de vieux bĂątiments, que l’on trouve encore partout dans ma rĂ©gion.

Before, the plums where dried in old buildings, that you still find everywhere in my region.


Si vous venez faire un sĂ©jour d’immersion en français chez moi dans le Lot-et-Garonne, je vous emmĂšnerai les voir !

If you come for a French immersion stay in my home of Lot-et-Garonne, I’ll take you see them!

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