Indigo Herbs Organic Pitted Prunes are a great dried fruit to have in the kitchen. Organic Prunes can be eaten as they are, used in smoothies or chopped up and added to porridge.
The first Plum trees were first carried on the silk road from China and settled all over the Mediterranean region. Both the Greeks and Romans loved Plums and would preserve them by drying them in the sun or in bakers ovens. The first plum varieties were planted in Gaul by the Romans which started the French love of Prunes. This first variety was the Maurine which was a small sized plum. Later, after the 3rd Crusade, Benedictine monks brought back Damas plum trees from Syria. These new Plum trees were then grafted onto the existing French Plum cultivar of the Lot region to create a new Plum variety. This was called the Prune d'Ente which was later known as the Pruneaux d'Argen since most of the French Prunes were exported from the port of Argen.
Many different types of Plums now exist from the great influx of Plum trees to America during the gold rush era. In 1850, a man called Louis Pellier brought Plum trees back from France and planted them in San Jose. Being a keen botanist Louis started experimenting with the Plums and started his own Prune business. This spawned the Californian Prune industry which would later dominate throughout America reducing the amount of imported European Prunes.