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Just certified organic, preservative-free dried pitted prunes (dried plumbs). Their delicious taste and sweet and chewy texture make them a terrific energy producing snack for anyone on the go.
Most people know that they are an excellent source of fiber, but they have a number of other health benefits. They contain excellent levels of phytochemicals that help protect our cardiovascular system, more potassium than a banana (gram for gram), and have an entire days worth of vitamin K in just one serving.
Dried prunes are an abundant source of nutrients. Here are a few highlights:
- Loaded with phenol antioxidants that help combat free radicals in the body
- Excellent high source of insoluble fiber
- Excellent source of vitamin K
- Good source of vitamin A
- Source of copper and iron
- A more potent source of potassium than banana
28 grams of prunes contain 67 calories comprised of 18 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber.
High levels of fiber, phenol antioxidants, vitamin K, and potassium are what make this dried fruit shine as far as potential health benefits go. Consuming prunes may help with the following:
- Lower cholesterol (soluble fiber)
- Lower risk of colon cancer (soluble fiber)
- Prevent heart disease (soluble fiber)
- Help normalize blood sugar (soluble fiber)
- Prevent fats from oxidizing in the body (phenols)
- Many people are unaware that prunes are in fact dried European plumbs
- One cup of prunes contains an entire days worth of Vitamin K
- California produces 99% of North America's prunes
- A prune plumb tree produces upwards of 300 pounds of plumbs each season
- In 1905 a California plumb farmer once used monkeys to harvest his plumbs, but they ended up eating too much of the crop.
Storage Tips for Maximum Shelf Life
Prunes can be stored in the pantry for up to a year. If refrigerated, expect a shelf life of up to two years. Always store in an air tight container or foil lined resealable pouch. Vacuum sealing will also prolong freshness.
How to Enjoy
Prunes are very sweet and chewy, making them a very enjoyable dried fruit to eat on their own.
Here are some other ways to enjoy them:
- Chopped and added to deserts
- In Trail mix - they combine well with just about any other dried fruit or nut
- In baking recipes
- As a turkey stuffing
- Added to stews and other dinner dishes
Dried Prune Recipes
|Ingredients||Certified organic dried pitted prunes|
|Allergens||Packaged in the same facility as tree nuts and peanuts.|
|Country of Origin||USA|