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General

  • Plums are known as prunes in France, and earlier times, it is believed that both plum and prune meant the fresh fruit.
  • A prune is a dried fruit of various plum species, mostly Prunus domestica or European Plums.
  • Prunes are nutritious fruits that are extremely fun to eat since they have a sweet, deep taste and a sticky, chewy texture.
  • Prunes should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place where they will keep for several months.

Process

  • Prunes are processed in three phases: washing, drying, and rehydration, which is performed immediately before packing.
  • The basic ingredients for making prune juice are water and prunes.
  • The process of drying plums to make prunes is thought to have originated thousands of years ago in an area near the Caspian Sea, the same region where the prune-producing European plums originated.
  • Prunes, which are industrially obtained by dehydrating fresh plums at 85-90 °C for 18 h, contain higher levels of phenolic compounds than most other fruits.

Uses

  • Prunes are used in cooking both sweet and savory dishes.
  • Prunes are widely known as a good source of dietary fiber.
  • Prunes' soluble fiber helps normalize blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which food leaves the stomach and by delaying the absorption of glucose (the form in which sugar is transported in the blood) following a meal.
  • Prunes are exceptionally high in the mineral boron, essential in preventing osteoporosis.

Market

  • One of the largest and best-known prune producers is Sunsweet Growers, headquartered in Yuba City, CA, who control more than 2/3 of the prune market worldwide.
  • The United States, France, and Chile are the world’s key dried plum producers.
  • When formulating a course of action to explore the opportunities offered by the Ukrainian dried fruit market, Moldovan exporters should be aware that the prunes are ranked 4th from the top of imported dried fruits.

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