PRUNES - Prunes are the fully ripe fruit still containing their stone of the plum tree (rose family, Rosaceae) which have been preserved by drying (air, sun or artificial drying) (dried fruit). The plum tree is native to Asia Minor and is now found throughout Europe and all over the world.
The following types are distinguished:
- Prunes: fresh, blue-black, glossy; form a whitish coating of crystallized sugar after extended storage.
- Dipped prunes: prunes which have formed a coating of crystallized sugar but regain a blue-black, glossy appearance by dipping in boiling water.
- Steamed prunes: prunes which have been given a glossy appearance by steam treatment.
- Slabs: waste product intended for industrial use.
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