Volume 35 Number 2 Article 4 Pages: 48-52
Year 1981 Month 4
Title: Plum and Prune Cultivar Situation in the West Coast of North America
Author: D.W. Ramming
Plums and prunes are the 4th most
important deciduous tree fruit crop of
the west coast.
In 1979 they were surpassed in production only by apples,
peaches, and pears (1). The term
"prune" describes P. domestica (Euro
pean plum) cultivars which can be
dried without fermenting at the pit.
Fruits of several prune cultivars are
dual purpose, being shipped fresh or
canned as well as dried.
Other European plums are used for purposes
other than drying, such as for fresh
consumption, canning, freezing, and
crushing. P. salicina (Japanese plums)
are widely grown in California, mainly
for fresh consumption.
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