I was hoping someone out there could provide me with a little enlightement as to some plums I purchased a few days ago from a Middle Eastern supermarket (and have found in previos years in Indian supermarkets as well). They sort of resemble green gages (the tiny Old English Reine Claude type not the larger or more pointed green plums often sold as greengages here in the US) maybe a tiny bit paler. They are incredibly hard, as if they are severely underripe. Normally that's what I'd assume they must be underripe greengages. However not only are ALL of them ALWAYS sold in this rock hard state, but by and large they never actually soften up, no matter how long they are kept (so if they are underripe, they are sold so underripe that no one could selling them could expect them to ripen). and the rare one that does soften up seems not to really taste much like a greengage, it is at best sort of sour and more often than not tastes of absolutely nothing. So does anyone have a clue as to what these plums actually are. I have seen a Turkish plum on Ebay (in offering for pits) called a Kascarta that sort of looks the same. and as a secondary question, if these fruits are supposed to be sold in this hyper underripe state, how exactly is one supposed to prepare them? are they supposed to be pickled (like ume plums) or cooked in syrup. Clues please.