The sea prune is a small fruit which is purple in color and grows in the ocean. In traditional Water Tribe cuisine, it is dried and boiled to make a chunky brown stew said to have an acquired taste.
Bato prepared a traditional Water Tribe feast of sea prunes for Sokka, Katara, and Aang upon encountering them near an abbey, much to the siblings' delight. Aang tried the fruit for the first time, but immediately spat it out, disgusted by its taste.
The names of the sea prune and ocean kumquat are probably a reference to the sea cucumber, an echinodermic ocean-bottom scavenger possessing medicinal properties and considered an aphrodisiac in the Far East due to certain aspects of its appearance. However, the sea cucumber is an animal, while the sea prune must not be meat since the vegetarian Aang was willing to try them and neither Sokka nor Katara warned him that they were not compatible with his diet.
- According to Sokka, Hakoda could eat a "whole barrel" of stewed sea prunes.
- According to Hama, ocean kumquats taste quite similar to sea prunes if stewed properly.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Bato of the Water Tribe". Ian Wilcox (writer) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. October 7, 2005. No. 15, Book One: Water
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "The Puppetmaster". Tim Hedrick (writer) & Joaquim Dos Santos (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 9, 2007. No. 8, Book Three: Fire