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Buying Tips

When purchasing prunes, look for those that are slightly soft and somewhat flexible. They should have a bluish-black skin and be blemish-free. Purchase tightly sealed packages.


Plum varieties best for prunes include the California (an offshoot of the d’Agen), Imperial, Robes de Sergeant, and Sugar. Prunes come in various sizes (small, medium, large, extra large, and jumbo); they are also available whole, with or without the pit. Prune puree (sometimes called lekvar) and prune juice are also good.

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