Ruminate Prunes

Name: Prunes,or dried plum as they are more commonly marketed as.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: June 2, 2012 1:37 am

Name: Prunes,or dried plum as they are more commonly marketed as.

What: Not only great to taste but are also very healthy. A large number of plum cultivators direct their produce towards prunes,particularlyin the United States of America,which happens to be the largest producer of prunes.

Eaten well with: Prunes get along famously with salads. They are also some of the few dried fruits that can be blended with both sweet and savoury dishes. So be it baked delights or Swedish meatballs,a sprinkling of prunes can make all the difference.

Tip: Extremely dry prunes can be refreshed by soaking them in hot water. Soaking them in water or juice beforehand reduces cooking time. Prunes make for delicious additions to poultry stuffing or they can be served with rosemary-scented braised lamb for that distinct middle-eastern touch. On a more European note,stewed prunes on top of pancakes and waffles make for a decadent experience.

Health Plus: The best part about incorporating prunes in your diet is the health angle. Prunes are a great source of Vitamin A and antioxidants. Great for digestion,its high fiber content decreases the risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids,prunes’ insoluble fiber also provides food for the “friendly” bacteria in the large intestine.

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