Prune Facts; How Mutch Important, Benificial And Interesting?

A prune is a dried plum of any cultivar, mostly Prunus domestica or European Plum. The use of the term for fresh fruit is obsolete except when applied to varieties grown for drying.

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    Prune juice is made from dried prunes, or plums, which contain many nutrients that can contribute to good health. Prunes are a good source of energy, and don't give rise to a rapid hike in blood sugar concentration. This is possibly due to their high fiber, fructose, and sorbitol content. While prune juice does not contain the same amount of beneficial fiber as the whole fruit, it still contains a significant amount of fiber and the vitamins and minerals that the whole fruit provides.

    There's Gold in Them Thar Orchards!

    The California Dried Plum took root during the Gold Rush, when brothers Louis and Pierre Pellier brought the Petite d'Agen plum from France and grafted it onto wild American rootstock. Thanks to its high sugar content, the Petite d'Agen ripens fully on the tree without fermenting around the pit.

    Mighty California Dried Plums

    California is the world's largest producer of dried plums, supplying 48 percent of the world's supply and 99 percent of the U.S. supply.

    Monkey Business

    When a labor shortage hit California in 1905, a farmer turned to 500 monkeys to harvest the prune plums. Organized into gangs of 50 with a human foreman, the monkeys picked the prune plums well but ate them all up! Today, machines do the work-without eating the fruit.

    A Whole Lot of Dried Plums

    A prune plum tree produces up to 300 pounds of fruit. Fans of the fruit should appreciate each little one, as it takes three pounds of the fresh fruit to make one pound dried!

    Say 'Prunes', Not 'Cheese'

    "Say cheese." It's an expression that has become so much a part of our culture that everyone understands it to simply mean, "Smile," rather than a command to actually utter the word "cheese."