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Prunes vs Plums – Are they the Same?

A prune is a dried plum. California produces more dried plums/prunes than any other part of the world. The fruit’s name was officially changed from “prunes” to “dried plums” by the Food and Drug Administration in 2001. However, many people still use the term “prune”.

Prunes are generally known for being a laxative because they are rich in fiber. However, they are also rich in vitamin A and potassium. Although relatively high in calories (20 cal. per prune), prunes are also good for your diet if you follow a lower-calorie meal plan. The high fiber gives you a feeling of being “full” for a longer period of time.

Food Preparation Suggestions

  • Combine prunes with dried apricots for a mix of sweet and tangy flavors.
  • Mix prunes with nuts and seeds to make Trail Mix.
  • Substitute butter, margarine, shortening, or oil in baked good recipes with half the amount of pureed prunes.
  • Add pureed prunes to your favorite chocolate desserts

Prune puree will keep about one week in the refrigerator.