The California Prune harvest takes place during the months of August and September when fruit is at its ripest. As shown above, a mechanical harvester shakes a single tree until ripe fruit falls onto the receiver. Once on the receiver, the fruit is then elevated into a 12,000 pound harvest bin which is transported within the same day to a dehyrating facility. Thanks to technology, a single tree can be harvested in less than 10 seconds.
After arriving at the dehydrating facility, the fruit is given a water bath and mechanically placed on wooden trays.
Trays of freshly washed plums are placed into position and ready to be dehydrated. The fruit will remain inside the tunnels for 18 hours at 180°F or 82.2°C.
The once fresh plums are now dried and ready to be sized, graded and stored for future processing.