Sunsweet Amaz!n Plums for Sauces - Aug. 2017 - 5

SUNSWEET INGREDIENT ATTRIBUTES FOR SAUCES
INGREDIENT

SUGAR/ SALT
REDUCTION

FLAVOR
ENHANCING

COLOR/
BROWNING

IMPROVED
YIELD

TASTES LIKE

Fresh Plum
Concentrate

O

O

O

O

Tart cherry,
pomegranate
molasses

Dried Plum
Puree

O

O

O

O

Tamarind,
plums

Prune Juice
Concentrate

O

O

O

O

Molasses

sugar content of a dried prune plum is 40% lower
than raisins and 50% lower than dried cranberries.
Yet they still taste sweet because much of their
sweetness comes from sorbitol, a sugar alcohol,
which is not included in the calculations for
sugars or calories. In addition, the natural acidity
of the fruit draws out sweetness. Using prune
plum ingredients allows sauces to have less sugar
overall but still taste sweet.
FBN: How do prune plum ingredients assist with
lowering the sodium content of sauces?
RP: Over the years we have found that for almost
all recipes that have been modified to incorporate
prune plum ingredients, it becomes necessary to
reduce salt to achieve the right balance of flavor.
The reason is that our ingredients naturally draw
out flavor, accenting food much like a few drops
of lemon juice might help bring balance to a soup
or stew. This comes from organic acids, mostly
malic and quinic, which make up about 1.5% of the
ingredients. We recommend taking out at least
15% of sodium in a sauce formula to start, but
often we find that it may be possible to reduce
sodium by much more.
FBN: What are some other functional properties
of prune plum ingredients?
RP: Depending on the prune plum ingredient, it
may enhance the color in a sauce, eliminating
the need for caramel coloring. In some recipes,
prune plum ingredients have been shown to
smooth out flavors and mask off flavors, like

the metallic taste that comes from canned
tomatoes. They can also contribute to viscosity
and draw out the herbs and spices, allowing for
an overall smaller quantity of seasonings.



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