The naturally dried plums are referred to as Prunes, Dried Plum and Sookha Alubukhara. These do not undergo a fermentation process and are a great fun to eat. They look like raisins and mostly people confuse them with each other but they are completely different. It is known to originate from western Asia and then traveled to Europe and United States. The soil needed to grow plums must be well drained soil. Eventually these tasty summer fruit i.e., Plum is sun dried and made prunes. These days prunes are not only a nutritious and a healthy snack but also it is a major taste enhancer. In the year 2000, it was decided by the FDA that prunes would also be known as Dried Plum. The reason for it was that since it helped people in relieving with the constipation problem, people started making fun of it with the names “Prunes”. So now one can refer to these as “Dried Plums” also.
Prunes are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, sodium, protein and calcium. It contains vitamins such as A, C, D, K, B-12, B-6, and magnesium. The other nutrients in prunes are riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, the soluble dietary fiber, isatin and sorbitol and minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and iron.
Usage in Indian Kitchen
Stewed prunes have always been the natural remedy to get rid of constipation and all the grannies out there vouch for it. Prunes taste yummier when used as a topping on waffles and pancakes. They are considered essential for any bakery items and are used extensively in cakes, cookies, muffins and pastries. Use it while making non-vegetarian dishes and relish the taste of your meals which have the tangy taste from the prunes.
Health Benefits of Sookha Alubukhara
- Helps in improving the vision
- Makes the heart healthy
- Helps in relieving the constipation
- Protects under Osteoporosis
- Great for hair and eyes