A prune is any of various of various plum species, mostly Prunus domesticus or European Plum (commonly referred to as a Sugar Plum). They are usually sold as dried fruit. Fresh plums that are marketed as "prunes" have an oval shape and a more easily removed pit. The dried fruit is wrinkly in texture, and chewy on the inside.
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. In the United States, an effort to rebrand "prunes" as "dried plums" began in 2000, to appeal to a younger market who associated prunes with elderly people. However, only some varieties of plum are called prunes when fresh or dried; others have always been called "dried plums" when dried.
In India, the prune is known by the Persian name or as Alu-Bukhara (literally fruit or potato of Bukhara).
PRUNE PRIDE IN OTHER COUNTRIES THERE'S NO WRINKLING THE NOSE AT THIS FRUIT: IT'S PURE PLEASURE, EATEN AS CANDY OR SIMMERED INTO `BLACK GOLD'.(Life and Arts)
Jan 29, 2003; Byline: HSIAO-CHING CHOU P-I food writer The Agen prune is treated with great respect. In the Lot et Garonne region in...