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Fruit Varieties Journal
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American Pomological Society

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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