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Question: What are prunes?

Are prunes plums?

Answer: Plums are known as prunes in France, and earlier times, it is believed that both plum and prune meant the fresh fruit.

In modern times, the prune is the dried version of the plum. Most prunes are made from the La Petite d'Agen variety of plum brought from France in 1856 by French horticulturist Louis Pellier.

A new movement by the prune industry is to market prunes as plum raisins or dried plums in hopes the new term will appeal more to younger people.

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