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Two women on their knees gather fruit, possibly apricots or plums, from the ground. In the era before mechanized tree shakers, growers allowed the fruit to drop onto the softened soil below. "Once upon a time, growers smoothed and softened the soil beneath the trees and let the prune plums drop before gathering them to take to the dehydrator. This method required three to four 'pickings' to strip an orchard completely of fruit." From: "California Dried Plums and Prunes" : http://www.californiadriedplums.org/AboutDriedPlums/GrowingAndHarvesting/ (accessed 12/01/10).