The prune, A.K.A the dried plum.
When you think of prunes what springs to mind is probably what they’re most well known for.
In case you’re reading this while eating your lunch we’ll just say they are excellent for getting things moving *whispers* in the bowel department.
I’ve been a long time fan of the prune, since my childhood when my nan would regularly make a kind of prune stew, I was always first in line for seconds, and I’m here to tell you that there is so much more to the prune than just that.
Prunes are absolutely packed full of goodness.
Did you know that just 4 prunes counts as one of your 5-a-day? And that’s just scratching the surface of all that’s good about prunes.
8 – 12 prunes, daily, contributes to healthy bowel function.
There’s evidence that a daily helping of prunes contributes to bone health. California prunes are working with researches to explore this.
Prunes are fat, salt, and sodium free. Reducing saturated fats contributes to good heart health, while reducing sodium helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure. They are also free from added sugar.
Prunes are full of useful nutrients
PRUNES ARE A SOURCE OF COPPER,
Which contributes to normal iron transport in the body.
PRUNES ARE HIGH IN POTASSIUM,
Which contributes to normal muscle function and helps maintain normal blood pressure.
PRUNES ARE A SOURCE OF MANGANESE AND COPPER,
Which contributes to normal connective tissue and the protection of cells from oxidative stress
PRUNES ARE HIGH IN VITAMIN K,
Which contributes to normal blood clotting.
PRUNES ARE A SOURCE OF VITAMIN B6,
Which contributes to normal red blood cell formation.
Prunes contain copper and vitamin B6 which contribute to the normal function of the body’s immune system. The copper, vitamin B6 and potassium contained in prunes also contribute to the normal functioning of our nervous system. Additionally, vitamin B6 can help reduce tiredness and fatigue while copper can contribute to healthy skin and hair.
From the California prunes website.
You can find more, in depth information about the nutritional value of prunes here.
Tip; If you’re not used to eating prunes it’s a good idea to introduce them slowly so as not to shock your digestive system.
As well as all that, prunes are absolutely delicious. They are my favourite go to snack, to satisfy a sweet craving, or just to fill a hole between meals. I usually take a snack sized pack to eat on my walk home from swimming.
The California Prunes website has lots of tips for how to enjoy prunes as well as recipes to make using prunes, which are surprisingly versatile.
California prunes are sold widely, in major supermarkets and stores like Holland and Barrett. To be sure you’re getting the best prunes check for the place of origin, California, on the back of the packet.
I was given a few packets of California prunes at The Just V Show last weekend and they really are the sweetest, softest, juiciest of all prunes.
Disclaimer; I received some free packets of California Prunes but was not asked to write a review about them. All thoughts are my own, and I’ve written this review simply because I really do love California prunes.