This small, purplish-blue plum is very popular in Piedmont, but almost completely unknown in other regions. The damson variety, known by its dialect name ramassìn, is named after its home city of Damascus. Like all Syrian plums, it is very hardy. For this reason, it was used in the past a colonizing plant on impervious, difficult land. The particular microclimate of the Bronda Valley, a few kilometers from Saluzzo, and its hilly terrain have been guaranteeing an excellent harvest for hundreds of years.
The harvest takes place from mid-June to mid-August, with a short shelf life. During the rest of the year, it can be eaten in processed form.