Canis Mogus, Having spent the '60s in the Santa Clara Valley, I can inform you that there are plums and there are prunes. There are also dried plums and dried prunes. Many folks (and folkettes) believe prunes to be dried plums; not so!
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What you have been calling a prune all these years has simply been a European variety of freestone plum that is ideal for drying. The plums that originated in China, commonly referred to as the Japanese variety, are best eaten fresh. Satsuma and Santa Rosa plums are the most well-known examples.
All kidding aside, the California Prune Board changed the name from prunes to dried plums back in the year 2000 in hopes that it could sweeten the image of its nutrient-packed little cuties so that the young health-conscious folks would not conjur up images of their grandparents popping their daily dose of laxatives.
Mrs. Bentley may be long gone, but Alice and Jane are alive and well as honorary members of the California Prune Board.
MTD aka CM
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