Raisins

TYPES

Sun-Dried, Sultana, Paste.

VARIETIES

Thompson, Golden, Green, Corinth, Flame, Peykami, Gelle, Siah.

SIZES

Small, Medium, Jumbo, Type 7, Type 8, Type 9, Type 10.

FORMATS

1, 5, 10, 12, 25 kg boxes

Raisins: The Sweet Journey of Grapes to a Delicious Snack

The origins of raisins, those small, sweet, juicy treasures, date back to ancient times and they are still a culinary delight the world over. From ancient civilisations to modern dining tables, raisins have borne witness to a unique history reflecting the transformation of grapes into a versatile, delicious snack.

Transformation of Grapes: The origins of raisins come from the natural transformation of grapes. Grapes, rich in natural sugars, undergo a process of dehydration when they are exposed to the sun or heat. This process is known as “drying” and resulting in raisins which conserve the sweetness of the original fruit in a more concentrated form.

Antiquity and Early Civilisations: Raisins have been eaten since ancient times. Civilisations such as the Egyptians and Romans highly valued these small delicacies as a practical food full of energy that could be preserved for long periods of time. Evidence of raisins has been found in Egyptian tombs during archaeological digs, proving that they were included in our diets thousands of years ago.

Trade Routes and Dissemination: As trade routes developed and migration processes took place over time, raisins were introduced to new regions around the world. The Silk Road and the Mediterranean trade routes contributed to the dissemination of raisins throughout Asia, Europe and beyond.

Raisins in the Middle Age and the Renaissance: Raisins were a very highly rated food and key ingredient in cooking in the Middle Age. Their popularity grew even more during the Renaissance, and raisins became an essential food at banquets and celebrations.

New Life in America: With the colonisation of America, grapes, and by extension raisins, were taken to the New World. The sunny climate and fertile soil of California were ideal for growing grapes and producing raisins, and it went on to become one of the world’s main production regions.

Modern Uses and Nutritional Value: Raisins are eaten in a variety of ways today: alone as a snack, in salads, meat dishes, bakery products, and others. In addition to their sweet flavour, raisins are natural source of energy, fibre, antioxidants and vitamins.

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