Prunes

A prune is actually a plum that is usually sold as dried fruit. The dried fruit (also referred to as dried plum) is wrinkly in texture, and has chewy flesh. Fresh plums that are marketed as "prunes" have an oval shape and a more easily removed pit. In the 12th century, Crusaders brought a tree back from Syria, which Clairic monks bred with plum trees, resulting in the first prune plant. The prune tree was immediately popular, and soon after the dried fruit became a classic throughout Europe.  Prune juice is made by softening prunes through steaming and then putting them through a pulper ..

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