( Courtesy California Prune Advisory Board )

The California Prune Board, Roseville, reports the industry is projecting this year’s crop will be no larger than 68,000 metric tons.

Harvest begins around the end of the summer, according to a news release. Fruit is developing for an “exceptional quality” harvest, according to the release. The harvest typically begins in in August and ends in mid-September.

California provides about 40% of the world’s supply, and more than 90% of the U.S. supply, according to the release.

There are more than 40,000 prune-bearing acres in California, concentrated in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, according to the prune board.

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