Who here is a fan of raisins? These tiny, wrinkled fruits are essentially dried grapes and are popular with all ages. Delicious on their own, raisins can add a burst of sweet and tangy flavour to your favourite baked goods and even salads. It has an intense and juicy taste which can really balance out a savoury dish, which is great for those who like to cook and experiment at home.
Raisins are so popular and can be found all around the world. The raisin industry goes all the way back to the 1800s when vineyards discovered they could make quicker profits by making raisins. But drying fruits is a practice that goes way back – a quick search on the internet and you’ll discover that raisins originate from the Middle East as far back as 2000 BC. They were really popular with the Greeks and the Romans and were even used as currency.
Regardless of its long and colorful history, we’re really glad that the raisin is still around to this day. Filled with juicy goodness, fiber and vitamins, raisins contain high amounts of nutrients and sugars that are present in grapes. The drying process from grape to raisin actually retains these nutrients, making them incredibly calorie-dense and highly nutritious. They are also minimally processed, with no added ingredients or preservatives, so everyone can enjoy them with peace of mind.
Types of Raisins
Whether you prefer golden, yellow, red, or brown raisins, raisins are a great source of iron, potassium, copper, vitamin B6 and manganese. They are also a good source of potassium and contain boron, which is good for bone and joint health and wound healing.
Those wishing to go on a clean diet whether to maintain a healthy lifestyle or to embark on a weight loss journey can add raisins to their meal plans. They help maintain heart health, blood pressure, and blood sugar, as well as lower bad cholesterol.
Raisins are also pretty easy to make. All you need is an oven and a fresh bunch of grapes. Making your own raisins will give you control of the range of flavor and texture while retaining some of the freshness using low oven temperatures when cooking.
Here’s how you can make your own raisins at home. All you need are:
- 3 large bunches of seedless grapes, stemmed
- Vegetable oil for greasing
- Preheat your oven to 110°C.
- Make sure to lightly grease your baking sheets with oil, then scatter the grapes all over.
- Proceed to bake your grapes for about 4 hours until they are shriveled and semi-dried.
- Take the grapes out and let them cool.
- Enjoy! Remember to keep your raisins refrigerated once they have cooled.
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