Organic prunes are delicious plums that have been dried naturally in the sun without being fermented. Today, they are one of the most versatile and healthy fruits available. Their all-natural high sugar content make them a great substitute for refined sugar adding to their appeal. They are also a great source of potassium, calcium, and iron, and are enviably low in sodium.
Cholesterol and fat-free, high in fiber, and with a higher level of antioxidants than most fresh berries, organic prunes they assist in maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function and help to promote bone health and mental health. Such a sweet hit for only 30 calories!
Dried prunes are one of the popular dried fruits available and including them in your diet provides a range of health benefits:
- Cardiovascular Health: Maintain cardiovascular health and prevent development of atherosclerosis, reducing risk of heart attacks and strokes
- Healthy Cholesterol: Prevent hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia reduce LDL cholesterol and elevate good HDL cholesterol
- Obesity: Plum extracts’ bioactive compounds help fight metabolic syndrome and prevent obesity-related problems such as cholesterol disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases
- Diabetes: Anti-hyperglycemic effects help reduce blood glucose and triglyceride levels, combating diabetes
- Osteoporosis: Anabolic and anti-resorptive action plus caffeic acid and rutin aids maintenance of healthy bones and prevents deterioration of bone tissues and osteoporosis while polyphenols and potassium encourage bone formation enhances bone density and prevents bone loss
- Digestion: Good source of dietary fiber sorbitol and isatin which promote efficient colon health
- Cognitive Health: Flavonoids in prunes providing protection against age-related cognitive impairment including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Nervous System: Vitamin B6 helps transmission of nerve signals, aids nervous system and assists in the formation of hormones and neurotransmitter serotonin, which regulates appetite, sleep, and concentration.
Key Nutrition Details
Organic prunes are a great source of vitamins and minerals. A daily snack of 100 grams of prunes contains the following nutrients (% Daily Recommended Intake):
- Energy: 12%
- Carbohydrates: 21%
- Protein: 4%
- Total Fat: 1%
- Dietary Fiber: 28%
- Folates: 1%
- Niacin: 9%
- Pantothenic acid: 4%
- Pyridoxine: 0%
- Riboflavin: 11%
- Thiamin: 3%
- Vitamin A: 16%
- Vitamin C: 1%
- Vitamin E: 2%
- Vitamin K: 74%
- Sodium: 0%
- Potassium: 21%
- Calcium: 4%
- Copper: 14%
- Iron: 5%
- Magnesium: 10%
- Manganese: 15%
- Phosphorus: 7%
- Zinc: 3%
Organic prunes originated in Western Asia at the foothills of the Caucasus and along the Caspian Sea. The prune migrated west; spreading into Europe and the Balkans. Some more fascinating facts about hazelnuts include:
- California is the world’s largest producer of prunes, supplying 40 percent of the world’s prunes and 99 percent of U.S. prunes
- During the Californian Gold Rush Louis and Pierre Pellier grafted French Petite d’Agen onto wild American rootstock
- During a 1905 Californian labor shortage, a farmer used 500 monkeys to harvest his prunes. Gangs of 50 monkeys overseen by a human supervisor picked the prune plums but ate them!
- Each prune plum tree produces 300 pounds of fruit a year
- It requires three pounds of fresh plums to make one pound of prunes.
Storage Tips & Shelf Life
Although prunes can be stored for up to three months in the pantry, cool storage is advised in order to preserve their flavor and nutrition profiles.
Enjoying Your Organic Dried Prunes
Prunes make a very flexible ingredient in any kitchen. They are just as good served with duck as they are stewed in sweet port wine and spooned over cake. Try them in a range of sumptuous recipes:
- Organic prunes go brilliantly with any combination of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds
- Delicious added to cookies, cakes, macaroons, muffins, and bread
- Sublime addition to breakfast cereals
- Sumptuous in fruit and nut-based salads
- Organic prunes add nutrition to protein and granola bars
- Add to Asian, Persian, and chicken, lamb, goat, and rice dishes.
|Allergens||Packaged in the same facility as milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, tree nuts|
|Country of Origin||USA|