DIARY: I’d like a regular pruneburger now

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does a prune do?

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does a prune do?

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what does a prune do?



The California Prune Board wants to find out. It has embarked on a major

push to tout the ’pruneburger’ as a low-fat lunch alternative. This

concoction, a patty made of beef mixed with prune puree, has been

popping up on a number of US school menus. Yum.



’The one word everybody uses when they try them is ’juicy,’’ board

spokeswoman Peggy Castaldi said. We can think of several other

words.



Besides the delectable pruneburger, The Prune Board is trying to find

other ways to get students to eat more of the 200,000 tons of the

fiber-rich fruit that California produces each year. The puree is being

added to barbeque sauce, hot dog mixtures and even cookies.



’More schools are asking to at least test these products, to see how

kids respond,’ said Castaldi. So if there’s an increase in school

violence this fall, don’t blame Marilyn Manson. Blame the prune.



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