No More Wrinkles in Prunes (Apr, 1932)

No More Wrinkles in Prunes
THE prune, long famous for its corrugated complexion, is to have itself beautified by means of a new picking device which has recently been put to use in California.

This new machine, which bears a striking resemblance to an enlarged lawn mower, has a cylinder studded with sharp spikes whose function is to roll over the ground and impale the prune-plums lying around, waiting to be harvested.

Plum prunes thus impaled are brought around to the top of the cylinder where they are removed by a set of grooves, as illustrated below. Customary handling of the prune plum is avoided during the picking process, so that wrinkling is prevented.

  1. Githyanki says: December 1, 20089:13 am

    I guess no one like wrinkle-less prunes, because that’s all i can find at the grocery store today.

  2. Torgo says: December 2, 20088:33 pm

    “Today the pits, tomorrow the wrinkles!” – Stan Freberg

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