California Prunes are enjoyed around the world!
California Prunes are enjoyed around the world. Explore the diverse cultural, historical importance and popularity of California Prunes internationally.
With recent meteor hits in Russia, the media has shown several photos of meteors, some of which look a lot like prunes.
Can you tell which one is a real prune?
Popular Snacks or Uses
Snacking on prunes is rather uncommon among Russian consumers. However, prunes are widely used in Russian meat dishes, pilafs, salads, cereals, dairy products, drinks and desserts. The average culinary website in Russia contains 100 to 500 different recipes that incorportate prunes. Savory dishes with prunes are more popular than the sweet ones.
Traditional Prune Dessert
A traditional Russian prune dessert is made by stuffing prunes with walnuts, then topping them with sweet sour cream.
In the last few years, local dairy producers have introduced a number of yogurts that contain prunes. These products are advertised as energy refueling and heart healthy.
While prunes are well-known in Russia, not many consumers, event traders or processors are familiar with California Prunes. To increase knowledge of the benefits of California Prunes, the California Prune Board and its members have been taking part in the annual Russian World Food Trade Show since 2009. This activity in the Russian market has resulted in a significant increase in product awareness on the trade level, as well as an increase in sales. In addition, a set of educational seminars for Russian food manufacturers and their suppliers were held in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Cultural or Historical Significance
Prunes are well known in Russia for their health benefits. Some sources, such as gastromag.idvz.ru, name prunes as the most healthy of all dried fruits. There is a significant number of special diets that include prunes and they are very famous among Russian consumers. Local consumers, health professionals and mass media recognize the following healthy features of prunes:
- Heart health support and ability to lower blood pressure
- Positive influence on digestion and stomach health
- Usefulness in weight management
- Support of the immune system