- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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