The drying of grapes into raisins has been practiced since ancient times. Raisins were produced in Persia and Egypt as early as 2,000 BC. Raisins are made from dehydrating grapes in a process that either involves the heat of the sun or a mechanical process of oven drying. Among the most popular types of raisins are Sultana, Malaga, Monukka, Zante Currant, Muscat and Thompson seedless. The size of small pebbles, raisins have wrinkled skins surrounding chewy flesh that tastes like a burst of sugary sweetness. While the colours of raisins vary, they are generally a deep brown colour, oftentimes with hints of a purple hue.
Raisins are not often spotlighted for their outstanding nutritional benefits but they deliver some important nutrients such as boron which is a mineral that is necessary for women to help strengthen the bones. Raisins also provide benefits against macular degeneration. It’s as simple as adding a handful of raisins to your cereal at breakfast, in your yogurt at lunch time, or sprinkle them on your salads. You can also spice up rice or grain dishes with raisins. Did you know that raisins also promote healthy gums and teeth? Raisins, even though they are sweet and sticky do not cause cavities and gum disease, but actually promote oral health.