Everybody loves Raisins! Well, most of us do. In fact raisins are one of those snacks we had growing up, it was known, even in medieval times, that raisins were second behind honey as a top choice sweetener.
We have heard all about the benefits of having dried fruits like raisins and dates, from being the best snack that goes with almost anything to how it is considered a Superfood that is good for our health.
There are a variety of raisins in the market and most of the time it often leaves us wondering, what the differences really are between regular looking raisins, the slightly darker ones and, our new found favorite, Golden Raisins.
Raisins are dried grapes that are either sun-dried or dried mechanically in a dehydrator. A range of grape varieties is used to make raisins. The size, taste and colour depends on the type of grape used.
In the US, raisins are typically made from the Thompson Seedless variety. However, in Australia, raisins are made exclusively from larger grape varieties like Muscat, Lexia and Waltham Cross.
The most popularly used grapes for raisin production are Thompson Seedless, Black Corinth, Fiesta, Muscat, and Sultans.
Both dark and golden raisins are generally made from the same type of grape. The difference is that dark raisins are sun-dried, while golden raisins are dried mechanically in a dehydrator.
Black raisins are made by being laid on paper trays and allowing them to dry in the sun for several weeks. To make yellow raisins, the grapes are dipped in warm water and then laid out on wooden trays in a dehydrator to dry, where warm air is blown on them to speed up the drying process. For yellow raisins, the drying process takes about 24 hours.
Golden raisins tend to be more plump and juicy, but their nutrition content is virtually the same as dark raisins.
Raisins may be a simple way to help keep the digestive system healthy. They contain helpful soluble fibers, which give body to the stool and help it pass easier through the intestine. This may help improve digestion and promote regularity.
Aside from that, it has substantial amounts of vitamin C, selenium, zinc and is high in dietary antioxidants. The mineral content in raisins, such as iron and copper are good in preventing anemia, while magnesium and potassium help in maintaining good blood pressure and cardiovascular health.
We love snacking, adding dried fruits and nuts into our breakfast and culinary adventures. As such, dried fruits like Raisins, Dates and Prunes are at the top of our list. Aside from it being a healthy snack, it is super convenient in terms of storage and as something we can have when we are on-the-go.
Needless to say, the popularity of these yummy dried fruits are favored by all ages. However, when it comes to options make sure you choose organic or top quality fruits to ensure you get only the premium quality harvest.
And of course, portion control is the key to adding any of these lovely foods into your diet. While it is good to indulge, it is never good when we over-indulged.
Now that's all the time we have Raisin' up your knowledge! Till our next date, Eat Fresh and Stay Well, only from All Kurma.
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