Prunes are actually the dried version of European plums and are also known as dried plum. In India, the prune (both dried and fresh) is known as Alu Bukhara in Hindi. Sweet with a deep taste and a sticky chewy texture, prunes are not only fun to eat but they are also highly nutritious. As with other dried fruits, they are available year round. Prunes are used in cooking both sweet and savory dishes. Stewed prunes, a compote, are a dessert.