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- Botanically speaking, a prune is a plum, but not all plums can
- A fresh plum variety, known as the prune - plum, is one of the few
plum varieties that can be dried without severe fermentation, according
- Technically, only dried plums are called prunes, though the term is
commonly applied to fresh plums that can be dried successfully.
- French prune, is the principal variety produced in California.
Despite its name the French prune originated in Western Asia.
- But it was from France that the first prunes were introduced into
California in 1856.
- Harvested fresh prunes are delivered by the grower to dehydrators
where the fruit is mechanically spread on 3-foot by 6-foot wooden drying
trays and stacked 26 trays high on small rail cars.
- These are rolled into 40-foot long concrete tunnels where the fruit
is exposed to hot circulating air to dry.
- It takes about 18 hours at 185ºF to remove about 80 percent of the
moisture in prunes.
- Skins of these fruits can be red, purple, blue-black, green or
yellow, and their flesh can be yellow, green, pink or orange.
Prunes are rich in iron and potassium.
- They are high in fiber and contain modest amounts of vitamin A,
vitamin B3 and vitamin B6.
- Prunes are a valuable food for anyone suffering from high blood
pressure and make an ideal laxative.
- Wash and pierce skins several times with a fork. No pretreatment is
necessary. Drying time is approximately 24 to 36 hours.
- The test for dryness is the fruit should be pliable and
The market for prunes can be volatile in both price and
demand. Growers do not have control over either of these market
Market value is estimated price of $800 per dry ton or
$0.40 per pound of French prunes is used in this study so that a ranging
analysis for different yields and price can be calculated.
- South American producers have demonstrated $700-900 / dry ton
creates planting incentives.
- Commodity Foods
- Cover Crops for Prunes
- Plum Fruit
- Prunes and Plums
- Prunes - Botanical Details
- Plum to Prune
- Crop Profile
- Growing Prunes
- Modified Atmosphere
- Plum & Prune Trees
- Prune Orchard - Sample Cost 1997
- Prune Orchard - Sample Cost 1998
- Cultivation & Uses
- Prunus Domestica
- Annual Checklist
- Prune Orchard - Fertilization
- Black Knot
- Pesticides Database
- Pest Management Strategic Plan
- Pesticide Data Program - Commodity Fact Sheet
Recipes & Prune Juice
Budji Werri Prunes
Pork Rolles Prunes
Prune in Roast Goose
Prunes - Orange Yogurt Scones
Prune Juice - Characterization
- Prune Juice -Potassium
- Prune Juice Concentrate
California - Dried Fruits
California Prune Board - Evaluation
Chile - Dried Fruit Gain Report 2005
Argentina - Dried Fruit Gain Report
France - Dried Fruit Gain Report
Commodity Fact Sheet
Post Harvest - QM Guide
Commodity Profile - Nov 2003
Commodity Profile - Dec 2005
- US std - Dried Prunes
- US std - Fresh Plus & Prunes - 2004
- UNECE std - Quality Control
- US std - Fresh Plums & Prunes - 1973
British Prune Industries
National Raisin Company
Production & Price
Price Schedule - Dried Prunes
Export - California Fresh Prunes
California Commodity Data
Commodity Data Sheet 1997
Commodity Data Sheet 1998
World Market Outlook
Cutting Cost in Production
Import Statistics of Prunes
Statistics - Plums & Prunes
Washington Market Price
US & World Situation
Import Requirements - Prune
German Market Study
Selling Prune - Sunsweet
Exporters of Dried Plums
Top Dried Plum Exporters & Importers - 1997 - 2004
Top Dried Plum Exporters & Importers - 1997 - 2002
Trade Leads - Dried Prunes
Importers - Exporters
Buyers - Prunes
- Selling Leads, Buyers
- Prune Fruit - Price List
- Dried Prune - Price List
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