Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Diced Plum Amazins a Mixed Bag; One Panelist Raves about 'Tart Taste,' but Another Doesn't like the Texture

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Diced Plum Amazins a Mixed Bag; One Panelist Raves about 'Tart Taste,' but Another Doesn't like the Texture

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Byline: Ann J. Kelley

We've got raisins, craisins and now Plum Amazins. Sunsweet claims these dried plums have more fiber, fewer calories and less sugar than either cranberries or raisins and suggests adding them to yogurt, cereals and salads and using them for baking.

Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel had mixed reactions to the plums/prunes, which they ate right out of the container and tried a number of other ways.

"I enjoyed them," said branch manager Brenda Carmine, who ate the dried plums on cereal and out of the container. "They're not real sweet - almost a tart taste like a plum - and the size and texture reminds me of raisins. They're good for a little snack."

Would the nutritional claims influence her to buy them again? "Yes, a little bit more now that I've eaten them but not if I just looked at them on the shelf."

Carmine said her 5-year-old granddaughter loved the dried fruit but her husband didn't like them at all. "I'll buy them again. I love raisins and think these are just as good."

Caterer Joanna Swilley also liked the dried plums and, as a diabetic, found the low sugar and calorie count appealing. She described the fruit as a little stickier and more moist than raisins or craisins. "They're comparable but different and I like them as well. They have a good flavor and the texture is good for salads."

She said the fruit was a good addition to a sauce she made with teriyaki marinade and peaches, then poured over a chicken breast and baked. Swilley also used the dried fruit as a substitute for raisins in a batch of homemade oatmeal cookies.

"I took them to my Sunday school class and everyone loved them. They tasted good and the plums stayed moist in the cookies."

FDIC manager Angela Masser found the plums better than raisins but not as flavorful as craisins, which she said provide similar nutritional value.

"They taste like a prune and are lightly sweet but more dry. …

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