One day, Princess Mira offered hospitality to an old woman in rags whom everyone shunned. To thank her, the Fairy hiding behind this faded finery changed the sterile trees surrounding the castle into trees on which the branches strained under the weight of tiny golden fruit: Mirabelles.
It is a delightful legend, which shows to what extent the Mirabelle made its home in Alsace– Lorraine, where it has been cultivated since fifteenth century.
It is thought that the name came from the Italian Mirabolano (perfumed acorn) or from the Latin, Mirabilis, beautiful. Whatever the truth, this fruit is said to have been brought from Asia or the Middle East in the fifteenth century by René, the Duke of Anjou and Lorraine.
Passing through Metz in 1568 with Charles IX, Catherine de’ Medici was offered candied Mirabelles.
In 1628, the Mirabelle appeared in the LE LECTIER fruit tree catalogue. In 1880, the Mirabelle became "the gold of Lorraine" and distillers would use the fruit to make the wonderful eau de vie of the same name.”