The plums are dried using the d’Agen variety, which bears the name of the French city of Agen. Due to the crusaders’ return from campaigns in Persia and Turkey, they were able to reach this region. The tree seedlings were transported by French immigrants to California, where they discovered ideal climatic conditions for production. Argentina, Chile, France, and the United States are currently the top exporters of dried plums, and the common name for this particular variety of plum still refers to the state of California. Despite their delicious and luscious fresh fruit, Eastern European crops, such as the well-known Hungarian plums, lose their d’Agen variety flavor after drying.