California Dried Plum Digestive Month – January 2023

California Dried Plum Digestive Month, celebrated in January every year, is nothing short of a special tribute to these specially dried plums, also called prunes. Did you know that consuming dried plums regularly can reduce your risk of several chronic diseases? Plums are extremely nutritious with a variety of health benefits. The fruit contains antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from any damage. The delectable prune is great for our elderly parents and grandparents. This special day encourages all Californians to learn more about the health benefits of California dried plums.

History of California Dried Plum Digestive Month

A prune is a dried plum of any cultivar. California Dried Plum Digestive Month, observed in January, is a proclamation that aims to educate the general public about the health benefits of the California Dried Plums and raise awareness about maintaining good digestive health. Before we delve deep into the history of California Dried Plum Digestive Month, we need to take a look at the history of Plums. According to historians, a few thousand years back, wild plums flourished throughout the old and new worlds.

Then 2,000 years ago, China domesticated plums and spread them throughout the world. In 2007, the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, proclaimed January as the month of California Dried Plum Digestive Month. It is no surprise that Schwarzenegger would proclaim this month as California is the largest producer of dried plums — not only in the U.S. but also on a global scale. Dried plums are rich in protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, manganese, copper, potassium, and vitamins A, C, K, and B6.

They can support your bone health, slowly increase blood glucose levels, and improve gastrointestinal health. Since prunes are a good source of both insoluble and soluble fiber, they help you regularize your bowel movements and keep digestive issues away from you. Dried prunes are not just a healthy food option for all ages of people, but also a tasty and flavorful option for inclusion in our daily diet. They can be enjoyed as a snack or as a part of other meals. So, start off your year in a healthy way by eating California dried plums!

California Dried Plum Digestive Month timeline

479 B.C.
Domesticated Plums

China begins to domesticate wild plums.

2001
Authorization for Dried Prunes

Plum growers in the United States are authorized by the government to call prunes ‘dried plums.’

2007
California Dried Plum Digestive Health

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaims January as California Dried Plum Digestive Month.

2021
California Stays on Top

California stays on top as the largest producer of plums worldwide.

California Dried Plum Digestive Month FAQs

Are dried plums really good for your health?

Yes, dried plums contain many vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can improve our health in many ways. 

Are dried plums good for constipation?

According to various scientific studies, eating dried plums can alleviate constipation and can improve your digestive health. It can even prevent digestive issues and colon cancer. 

How many dried plums should I eat a day?

Nutrients recommend consuming 50 grams of prunes per day which is equal to about five to six prunes. 

How To Observe California Dried Plum Digestive Month

  1. Eat dried plums

    The best way to celebrate California Dried Plum Digestive Month is by eating dried plums not only in January but for the whole year! You can include dried plum in your daily meal and reap the health benefits.

  2. Visit a plum farm

    Curious about how these superfruits are grown and cultivated? You can plan a trip to your local plum farm with your friends and family and document your learnings.

  3. Share the joy

    Dried plums are one the healthiest fruits that can improve our health in many ways. To donate or give someone in your community a box full of dried plums and start the new year on a great note!

5 Cool Facts About Dried Plums That’ll Make You Want Them

  1. Dried plums can make you younger

    Plums and prunes are rich in antioxidants that protect your cells from damage by free radicals. This can slow down signs of aging.

  2. It's good for sugar patients

    Plums have properties that may improve health with blood sugar control and they also don’t cause a rise in blood sugar levels after they’re eaten.

  3. It can make you stronger

    Prunes are rich in vitamins and minerals that promote bone health, and can also reverse bone loss and make you stronger.

  4. California tops the list

    California is responsible for 99% of the dried plums grown in the U.S. and 60% of the world’s supply of dried plums.

  5. Prune booze

    Apart from being popularly eaten as a dessert, snack, or fresh fruit, prunes can also be made into an alcoholic beverage.

Why California Dried Plum Digestive Month Is Important

  1. It's healthy and tasty!

    Most foods that are considered healthy are either not tasty or expensive. But prunes are one of the tastiest nutrient-rich foods you can get for an affordable price.

  2. It goes with just about anything

    Whether you’re preparing a dessert, cookie, syrup, cake, or even a beef stew, prunes can be added to anything and everything! Even if you don’t have any recipes, you can just pop them like snacks.

  3. It’s a meaningful celebration

    Of all the special holidays and celebrations out there, California Dried Plum Digestive Month is a meaningful celebration that encourages us to eat dried plums to improve our health.

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