So...is it dried plums, or is it prunes?
What makes California Prunes so special?
Everything! It’s the legendary Petit d’Agen plum that was brought to California from France during the Gold Rush and grafted onto wild American plum stock. It’s the long growing seasons in California’s lush valleys with rich soil warmed by a steady sun. It’s the hundreds of farmers who hand-tend each tree to cultivate the perfect fruit. It’s the most rigorous farming standards of any place on earth. It’s the practice of drying prunes in climate-controlled tunnels, which California farmers have honed into a precise art, balancing temperature, humidity and time. It is all of these things combined that make a prune a California Prune.
How can I buy California Prunes?
How should I store California Prunes at home?
Prunes are famous for gut health – why is that?
Good gut health is key to overall health and prunes contribute to digestive in several ways: they deliver fiber, sorbitol, and polyphenols, which act as antioxidants in the diet. What’s more, boosting your antioxidant intake can help provide added protection for the body against heart, eye, memory and immune system issues.
What is the suggested serving size of prunes?
Are prunes good for more than just digestive health?
Can I cook with prunes?
Whole, diced, or pureed, they go with proteins and grains, on salads and cereals, and in sauces and baked goods. Prunes are surprisingly versatile as an ingredient in savory and sweet dishes. And, because of their natural sweetness and moisture content, you can reduce sugar and even oil in recipes made with prunes and prune puree. Try adding prune puree to your next batch of chocolate chip cookies for that perfectly soft-baked texture, toss some diced prunes into your next salad for a sweet and chewy bite, or blend prunes with vinegar and herbs for a surprisingly delicious pizza sauce – the possibilities are endless!
Do prunes pair well with other foods?
California Prunes taste – and pair – like no other prunes in the world. The fruit’s earthy, umami qualities pair with salty, acidic and fermented ingredients such as olives, capers, vinegar and tamari. Prunes also pair very well in recipes that utilize rich and complex flavor notes – like espresso, chocolate and chilies. Experiment with prunes and find your own favorite unexpected prune flavor combinations. Find more prune flavor pairing inspiration here.