Raisins are high in fructose, a naturally efficient fuel that carries a big punch in a little package.
The USDA pays very close attention to dried grapes. Government inspectors test each batch. The cleaning and packaging process is also tightly controlled.
In ancient times, raisins were used for everything from barter to remedies for growing old. They remained a secret of the Mediterranean region until about the 11th century when shipping methods improved. Four hundred years later, grapes were thriving in
In an effort to foster ideal growing conditions, vineyards migrated up the coast, settling in the
Choices are based on seedless variants of early grapes. Most
The Black Corinth grape produces smaller Zante currants.
Raisins are labeled in three grades based on size: midget (small), select, and mixed.
You may find puffed
Other countries, including
If you plan to use raisins in breads and cookies, look for those labeled as “baking.” They are more moist and may be the “flame seedless” variety.
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