Plums Become Prunes


When I see smooth, plump, purple plums in the farmers’ markets these days, I no longer see them just as plums. They make me think of the bloom of youth and young people around me whose faces radiate youth and health. I remember a time when I too looked like that. Alas, these days my morning encounters with a mirror in the bathroom show me, not a rosy plum, but a somewhat wrinkly prune. The years have taken away my underlying tissues and the skin now adapts to the loss with both deep and superficial wrinkles. Panaceas are offered, but age will have its way.

Given that reality, it seems to me that the old saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” might be a good way to go. With that in mind, I began to read about the lowly wrinkled prune that was once a smooth-skinned plum. Perhaps that would give me some ideas.

I found that the prune is quite remarkable. Its aging has concentrated and made easily available its

Vitamin A that helps to minimize night blindness, dry eyes, macular degeneration and cataracts

Antioxidants (higher than blueberries) that positively affect the immune system

Potassium that makes them heart healthy

Fiber that tends to prevent or manage constipation

Boron, vitamins B and C that can reverse osteoporosis

Iron that contributes to healthier hair

Vitamins and minerals that together contribute to healthy skin and delay wrinkling.

In addition to all its potential to keep its eaters healthier, the lowly prune

has a stable, long shelf life

is easily portable

is so concentrated that even small amounts offer good benefits

is adaptable in getting along with other foods

offers changes through its aroma and taste

is versatile, usable in many ways.

What a cluster of positive attributes in a dried-up fruit that, with a bit of adapting, may be worth seeking to emulate in my own pruney state. At least they’re something worth thinking about.

13 thoughts on “Plums Become Prunes

  1. I had an aunt who had quite a lot of wrinkles which she told me were character lines. I think she was right, it takes years to develop and perfect one’s character.


  2. A true example of “getting better with age…”
    I found your blog through the news story on King5 and looks forward to reading more insight and thoughts.


  3. What a wonderful analogy!! Thanks for sending this to me. It gives me a much better attitude about my wrinkles. I remember hearing someone refer to an elderly lady as “an old prune”. I was horrified. Now I believe that I would take that as a compliment!!


  4. And one of the important nutrients that you provide is concentrated knowledge organized through years of experience. The value of this is often overlooked.


  5. I just saw your article on the news the other day, and was blessed. At 62, I am learning to be gracious to myself, finally. Yours are words of wisdom resonate. Thank you!

    Prunes are now on my shopping list, great reminder!


  6. Hi Doris! I just discovered your blog after seeing the link of your interview on FB. Good for you for sharing your perspective with all of us and keeping it positive. I’m only 64 but I am constantly on the look out for people who are encouraging and resilient in the face of aging because that is the way I intend to do it myself. I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say AND enjoying my “prunehood!” ~Kathy


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