plums, drying process, native american food tradition
Fresh plums hold their shape when dried because of a dense flesh and thick skin. Dried plums were traditionally preserved by Native Americans to use as a garnish with wild fowl and game and to prepare wojapi (plum pudding). To prepare for drying, the pit is removed by splitting the fruit in half; the halves are then set on a screen to dry.
Saboe-Wounded Head, Lorna and Tiomanipi, Gabrielle, "Drying Plums" (2007). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 490.