Today, prunes are used to describe dried plums.
Plums are known as prunes in France. Due to the perception of prunes being used
for constipation in older people, many distributors today have stopped using the
word on their packaging. The preference now is to state "dried plums". The Sowden
Bros. prefer to use the traditional term prunes to describe their organic dried
They are a rich source of fiber and contain important nutrients including Potassium,
vitamin C and K, and are rich in minerals including iron. They also include a compound
that has high antioxidant activity. The antioxidant content of fresh plums doubles
when they become prunes.
Prunes are grown almost entirely in the U.S., with 70 percent of the world’s supply
coming from California. Approximately 100,000 tons are shipped to more than 50 countries
The prune graft is known today as the California French Prune and comprises approximately
99% of the state’s production, of which most lies within the Sacramento Valley.
Over the years, a number of studies have demonstrated that incorporating plums into
the daily diet, over time, can lead to:
- Increased bone health—particularly for post-menopausal women and a growing population
of at risk men (approximately 12 million)
- Reduce LDL cholesterol
- Help protect against some forms of cancer; decrease colon cancer risk factors
- Reduce the severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma, osteoarthritis and
- Helps normalize blood sugar levels and can play a valuable role in the prevention
and treatment of type 2 diabetes
- Prunes serve as one of the more brilliant and natural appetite suppressants available
Yes. All of our prune products are grown on our farm, packaged and shipped to you.
From bloom to box, the Sowden Bros. are a 100% dedicated organic operation.
organic growers since 1981, Buzz and Bud Sowden are first generation farmers with
nearly 350 acres of organic prunes located in Sutter County in the shadow of the Sutter
Buttes in the soil-rich Sacramento Valley.
Yes. All of the prunes we grow, buy, and process are certified organic by
U.S. producers are turning to certified organic farming systems as a potential way
to lower input costs, decrease reliance on nonrenewable resources, capture high-value
markets and premium prices, and boost farm income. Organic farming systems rely
on ecologically based practices such as cultural and biological pest management,
exclusion of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones in crop and livestock
production. For more information visit the United States Department of Agriculture
All shipments originate from our farm in Live Oak, California. Domestic (US 50 states)
and international shipping available via US Postal Service priority mail. We're
currently shipping internationally to the following countries: Australia, Korea,
Japan, Malaysia, Europe, China, and Taiwan.
If you live in a country not listed and are interested in ordering, please
and we can discuss shipping options.
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