WHAT IS A PRUNE?
This relative to the cherry is a much aligned and mis-understood fruit. Recently (2001) it’s been re-branded as “dried plums” by the F.D.A. The association with constipation created a negative brand image in the eyes of consumers. While a prune is basically a plum that’s been dried, though see below for the differences between the 2. The removal of water increases the density and flavor of this fruit. To see how to make them at home click here!
WHY ARE PRUNES GOOD FOR YOU?
About 7% of their weight is dietary fiber. Also they contain sorbitol which has a laxative effect. They’re also unique that, due to their high sugar content, they don’t ferment during drying.
WHEN ARE PRUNES IN SEASON?
Being a dried ingredient combined with the global fruit trade, prunes are available year-round. The fruit grown in the USA is usually in season from May to October.
HOW SHOULD PRUNES BE STORED?
Being already dried, they can be stored like most other low moisture ingredients in your pantry. Don’t refrigerate them as moisture is the enemy here. Stored properly in an air-tight container they can keep for up to 6 months.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRUNES AND PLUMS?
Much like squares and parallelograms, all prunes are just dried plums but not all plums are prunes. The type of plums dried are a breed (freestone) that specifically has easy to remove pits. Prunes have 5 times the amount of calories as plums. They’re also higher in sugar, starch, fiber and fats.