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Dried Plums: The Sensational Superfruit

What is a Superfruit?

Dried Plums (Prunes)Fruits, such as Prunes, are labeled as “Superfruits” due their high antioxidant content and composition. Prunes (Dried Plums) have a high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value of 8557 per 100 grams.  Fresh plum juice concentrate has an even higher ORAC value. The antioxidants found in prunes include mostly chlorogenic and neochlorogenic acids. Sorbitol is also found in prunes, which  acts as an absorbent substance to bind and hold moisture. The fiber found in prunes (7.5%) also contributes to moisture binding and holding.

The high nutritional value of prunes are due to the  d’Agen plum variety. This variety is one of only a few that are allowed to naturally ripen on the tree without fermenting.

Source: Plum Good News is published by the California Dried Plum Board.


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