Prune Reputation Rehab

Somewhere along the way in dried-fruit history, raisins became the lunchbox king while prunes got written off as fodder for the intestinally unfortunate. It’s no wonder, seeing as prunes tend to be large, mushy blobs and raisins are petite, sweet, wrinkled bites. We’ve been using Sunsweet pitted prunes in the CHOW test kitchen for different fruitcake recipes we’re trying out, and though the cakes still need some work, the prunes do not. These Sunsweets are full of flavor and are moist—not mushy at all. The company also offers individually wrapped prunes, making for a great snack when you’re on the go.

Sunsweet Pitted Prunes, $2.35

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