The California Dried Plum Board made a splash by deciding to change their product's name from prunes to dried plum's and sales rose!
Whatever the reason for the increase, it is certainly good news.
In addition, preliminary research found that dried plums have anti-microbial properties, when added to meats, dried plums can suppress the growth of E. coli and salmonella.
Whether whole, chopped or pureed, adding dried plums is a great way to boost nutritional value in recipes. Dried plums contain natural elements which help heighten the flavors of other ingredients be it a dessert or something savory. They add moisture to your cooking and also can serve as a substitute for unhealthy fats and sugars as way to reduce calories without losing flavor.
- Make a great snack on their own.
- Add flavor when topping off oatmeal, cereal or with sliced bananas on pancakes.
- Made a great spread: Add chopped, pitted dried plums to apple butter, orange marmalade, peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese for a flavorful and nutritious spread for toast or bagels.
- Add sweetness and flavor to baked muffins or quick breads.
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