Raisins are known as dried grapes. Eaten raw as well as used for brewing and in various culinary recipes, raisins are enjoyed for their sweet taste around various parts of the world. Its origins trace back to the times of the Middle English when raisins were known as grapes while raisin sec referred to as the dry grape.
Did you know that April 30th is celebrated as National Raisin Day? Yes, and here's another fun fact: Fresno is the Raisin Capital of the World.
Facts aside, there are many varieties of raisins out there. Here's a bunch of the popular ones you need to know about.
Currants - These are tangy in flavour and often come seedless. They are dark, which makes them very high in antioxidants. You get a lot of fibre and essential nutrients with these. If you're looking for black raisins or currants with seeds, try out our bb Royal Black Raisins
Golden Seedless - These are usually dried in an oven to prevent from being exposed to sunlight and darkening. You get them in various sizes, both seeded and seedless. There are Afghan and Indian Raisins, which are golden varieties, and you can add them to your salads, sandwiches, and desserts for extra pep.
Other Varieties - Other varieties of raisins are noted for their changes in colour. You get raisins these days ranging from purple, yellow, blue, and even brown hues. Most raisins are sun-dried, but some varieties may come dipped in water. As a rule of thumb, always buy raisins which are packed properly and look a little moist. If you shake the contents of the sealed pack and they rattle, it's good to avoid them. Because you don't want your raisins to be completely dehydrated if you're looking for optimal nutrition.
To really understand what raisins bring to your table, let's take a look at their health benefits:
One and half a cup of raisins a day is enough to give you a rich supply of iron. You're less likely to suffer from health complications like anaemia and fatigue when you eat raisins, and you're be easily meeting your RDA for this nutrient.
Since raisins are high in calories, they give you an energy boost. There's also the fact of how raisins regulate your cholesterol levels since they are high in dietary fibre.
Raisins are exceptionally high in antioxidants. they have phenols and polyphenols, which play a major role in fighting against and removing free radicals from your body. Oxidative stress and the buildup f free radicals are the primary causes of diseases like cancer, heart attacks, and stroke - but raisins stave off that risk by a significant margin when you add them to your diet
There are studies that show how the antimicrobial compounds in raisins are good for your gums and teeth. They prevent cavities and eliminate harmful bacteria. And since they've got natural sugars and not added ones, they're much healthier than any processed snacks. Simple sugars also get digested easily and are used up as an energy source instead of getting stored as fat, which means you don't put on any unnecessary weight either.
Our Signature Recipes
You can't go wrong with raisins when it comes to crafting delicious dishes. Here are a few of our favourite recipes:
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Currently, special offers for raisins include our famous Afghan Raisins/Kishmish - Long and Black Raisins/Kishmish - with seeds - which are available on the store at discounted prices. For those who are trying out for the first time, the Indian Raisins/Kishmish - Long which comes at 1 kg for INR 349 is highly recommended.
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