Prunes are ready for harvest by mid-August. The fruit is shaken from the tree mechanically, collected by fabric catching frame and transferred to bins by conveyor belts. The bins of prunes are then transported to the prune dehydrator. At the dehydrator the bins of prunes are dumped one at a time, washed in water, placed on wooden trays and tunnel-dried to about 21 percent moisture. When dry, the prunes are then scraped off the trays and placed in storage bins. After a few days the prunes are turned into an empty bin to cure the dried fruit. This process continues until the fruit is about 18 percent moisture. The prunes are then graded for size and inspected for quality. The inspected fruit is then returned to storage until an order is received.