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Nutritious and healthful, prunes transcend jokes, become trendy choice

Sunsweet Growers, a company in California’s Central Valley, processes millions of plums into prunes. (Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee)
Sunsweet Growers, a company in California’s Central Valley, processes millions of plums into prunes. (Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee)
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Wrinkles can be cool — if you’re a prune. Many of us have had a long love affair with our crinkly, locally grown prunes, even if they weren’t considered the coolest fruit in the bunch. But that’s changing. Interest in nutrition and healthier eating has made these funny-looking chewy nuggets into another form of California gold. Prunes have even become chic. Chefs such as Sacramento’s Randall Selland incorporate them into both savory and sweet dishes, ...


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