May 24, 2013
FEATURED PRODUCT: IQF Plums
There are few fruits that come in such a panorama of colors as the juicy sweet tasting plum.
Plums cover the color spectrum, from bright greens and yellows to pale or dark reds and purples
to blacks. The plum season in North America extends from May through October with the peaks in July,
August and September.
Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond.
They are all considered "drupes", fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds.
When plums are dried, they are known as prunes.
There are over 2,000 varieties, and over 100 are cultivated in the US. The European varieties
are thought to have originated in the Caspian sea and the Asian varieties originated in China.
The fresh version (plums) and the dried version (prunes) of the plant scientifically known as
Prunus domestica have been the subject of repeated health research for their high content of
unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These substances found in
plums and prunes are classified as phenols, and their function as antioxidants has been well-documented.
The polyphenols and phenolic acids in plums, along with the color based antioxidants are well known to
aid in the reduction of certain cancers.
Plums are also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B2 and potassium. In addition, plums are a good source of dietary fiber
Encore Fruit Marketing can provide an excellent source of IQF product to help consumer products deliver one
of the 5 A Day fruit servings.
The fruit is carefully processed from fresh, washed, fully ripened plums to provide the essential nutrition
and color, in a convenient, ready to use ingredient form. This IQF product is an excellent ingredient to add a fruit
serving to your retail label for beverages, yogurts, nutrition bars and snacks and other processed foods.
Contact Encore Fruit Marketing today for product samples and information on IQF plums at www.encorefruit.com or
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