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Plum 'Zwetsche' type no. 11, late September. One of a family of plums known as the German Prunes. They were first recorded in Germany in the 17th century. The common currently used names in German (Zwetsche) and French (Quetsche) date from the late 18th century. They are widely grown and very popular in Central Europe and France, where over a hundred different varieties are grown. Similar to, but distinct from, the clingstone damson.