Energy-Packed, Convenient, Nutritious Dried Plums
School foodservice operators can rely on various dried plum products: whole pitted dried plums, dried plum puree and trail mix containing dried plums and other dried fruits and nuts. Be sure to check out our Product Information page and Technical Bulletins for product specifications.
Whole pitted dried plums are a healthful, natural snack and ingredient option for improving overall menu nutrition. Dried plum puree can be specified for use in processed foods such as reduced fat baked goods and precooked meats to improve flavor and moisture.
As an added value, whole dried plums and dried plum puree are frequently distributed to schools at no cost as USDA bonus purchases. To check out the most recent bonus commodity purchases, click on www.ams.usda.gov.
School foodservice operators should check with their state distribution agency for availability.
Energy-rich and convenient, California Dried Plums are packed full of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber that make for a convenient, anytime snack. Dried plum puree is widely utilized as a fat substitute for baked goods, all the more popular because of its ability to maintain and improve flavor in reduced-fat cookies, cakes and desserts. When specified in processed meats such as sausages, precooked hamburgers, turkey patties and meat crumbles, dried plums help retain meaty juiciness and appeal. Check out our wide variety of delicious, innovative recipes.
The naturally occurring organic acids in dried plums combined with the highest antioxidant power of the most commonly eaten fruits and vegetables have been linked to the suppression of microbial development in meats. Research also points to the effectiveness of dried and fresh plums in alleviating the "warmed-over flavor" (WOF) that characterizes most cooked and reheated meat products.