EN on Foods

May 2002 Issue

Dried Plums (ne Prunes) Boast Hefty Health Benefits

The Folklore: You can thank the California Gold Rush for domestic dried plums (formerly prunes). Though plum trees have been cultivated since ancient times, they weren’t introduced to North America till 1856, by a Frenchman. When he failed miserably at mining gold, he planted plum trees, covering California with more than 90,000 acres of orchards over the next 35 years.

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