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Italian Prune Plums are rather rare in the U.S., at least commercially. Home growers often have them, and the plants are available from a number of nurseries.
Basically, Italian Prune Plums (also called Empress Plums) are a European-type plum, similar to an English Damson plum.
Italian Prune or Empress plums, are a European freestone version of Prunus domestica. and are commercially usually used to make prunes. They are very sweey, with a high concentration of fermentable sugars. Other uses for them are eating fresh, cooking, baking and making preserves, wine and brandy. In bakling, they are often used fresh in cakes and tarts.
They don't last long, but can be stored in the fridge for up to one week.
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