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THREE CHEERS FOR DRIED PLUMS  11/10/17Earlier this week I was with Sargent County second grade students and their teachers for an “On the Move to Better Health” lesson that also included a food sampling experience.   The “eat smart, play hard” message for the day emphasized choosing fruit for meals and snacks.   All the students were well aware of a variety of fresh/raw fruits, and they could easily name their favorites.  “Besides, fresh fruit, what do you know about other forms of fruit,” I asked.  They looked puzzled. 

Fruits are available not only in fresh form, but also frozen, canned, and dehydrated (dried).  The students were eager and willing to be food adventurists and good sports by trying an unfamiliar food.  The new-to-most food they sampled was dried plums (prunes).  They were pleasantly surprised at how tasty they were.  “Kind of like a giant raisin, but sweeter and juicier,” is how the students described the dried plums.

Prunes are rich in antioxidants.  Antioxidants are compounds in foods that protect against free radicals in the body that can play a role in causing clogged arteries and cancer.  Prunes are also a good source of fiber, so they can help aid in digestion and prevent constipation. They are an “eat smart” choice for people of all ages.

Because of their nutrient content, prunes are also a great snack choice for athletes, especially after a workout.  Prunes are easy to store and also very portable/packable. 

 If you are interested in making prunes, jerky or other dehydrated foods, check out the NDSU fact sheets on drying food.  Visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/food.  Click on “Food Preservation” and then “Dry.”  Our NDSU Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist provided a recipe for making Pumpkin Leather in her Prairie Fare news column.  It is available online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/prairie-fare/prairie-fare-honey-you-shrank-the-fruit/

Source:  “What’s Up with Prunes,” University of New Hampshire https://www.unh.edu/healthyunh/blog/nutrition/2017/06/whats-prunes

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/plums-fruit-harvest-organic-933881/ (downloaded 11/14/17)

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