Why are prunes thought of as a natural laxative, but not plums? A prune is just a plum without as much water. Shouldn’t 1 prune = 1 plum for such purposes?
Yes, but you don’t usu. eat 1 prune alone to provide the laxative effect. Since it’s dried, it’s smaller, and you can eat more of them at a sitting, thus cramming more fiber, etc., down your digestive tract.
I’ve been seeing “dried plums” instead of “prunes”. I read somewhere that calling a dried plum a “prune” is incorrect for some botanical reason, but I’m cynical. Is it just a marketing ploy to make prunes sound more attractive by calling them “plums”? Or is there really a botanical difference in the fruits that are dried to make prunes, and the average plum?
It’s a marketing ploy. A good one, it seems:
And if you have nothing else to do this afternoon, check out their 10-page “History” section. A prune grower once imported 500 monkeys to pick plums. Guess what? It didn’t work–they ate them as fast as they could pick them.
I love the Internet.
BTW, Johnny, the “dried plum growers” have special varieties of plums that produce better prunes, the way you have different kinds of apples, but they’re still all just “plums”, botanically speaking.