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Prunes - the name of the dried fruits of black plum. To get selected plum ripe and juicy fruit, then blanch them, cooled in running water, and then dried in steam dryers. After drying, prunes cooled, sorted and soaked for 1-2 minutes in boiling water and then treated with glycerine - this gives prunes characteristic shine. Ready-to-use product should be black, soft to the touch and have a characteristic sweet-sour taste. To produce 1 kg of prunes need about 5 pounds of fresh plums.

Production of prunes widespread in most of the countries where they are grown plums, but the most well-known manufacturers, and exporters are considered the U.S., Argentina, France and Moldova. And the most expensive and high-quality products are made in California (USA).

Meat with prunes - this is not the only use of the dried fruits. Prunes are added to salads, appetizers, soups, cereals, meat, rice and used to make a variety of sweets, also prune compote cook, get syrups, jellies and sauces.

Caloric content of prunes

In 100 g of prunes contains on average about 239 calories.

Useful properties of prunes

Prunes - a concentrate of many beneficial for the body. Thus, due to the large amount of fiber it normalizes the gastrointestinal tract, included in its composition vitamin A improves vision, and the high content of potassium prunes helps with hypertension, thrombophlebitis, atherosclerosis and other diseases of the cardiovascular system.

Prunes are antibacterial, diuretic and choleretic effect, normalizes metabolism, increases appetite and stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, stimulates brain activity, improves skin, reduces fatigue and restores the reduced efficiency, improves the general condition of the body and increases the potency. Besides prunes helps with constipation, gout, rheumatism and some diseases of the liver and kidneys.

Prunes increases immunity and general resistance. And thanks to its member antioxidants, prunes successfully fight free radicals, which explains its anti-aging properties and effective use in the prevention of cancer.