Rich Raisins

Raisin is a dry fruit delicacy that is derived from raisin grape. They are basically dried grapes. These are the only dry fruits that do not have their specific scientific name. The grapes that they are processed from differ from the usual grapes (Vitus vinifera) and there are there are three different types of raisins that are prepared from three different types of grapes. These three varieties of dried grapes do have their own names: Sultana, Currant and Black Corinth. There is also a Monukka Grape variety that is used in making raisins and this raisin may only be found in Asia at groceries.

Raisins may be golden, blue, black, purple or yellow depending on the grape it is made from; then there are the seed and seedless ones. Each raisin has a different taste – Sultanas are somewhat sweet but tangy, while Currants are tart and tangy by taste.

Nutritional information

A 100 gm serving of Raisin comprise of around 72% sugars that are composed of fructose and glucose. They also contain 3% protein, 3.7% to 6.8% dietary fiber and 79gm of carbohydrates. Raisins are devoid of cholesterol and low in sodium. They have a fairly good amount of iron (14% of daily nutrition intake), phosphorous as well as potassium that fare at 14% and 16% of daily recommended nutrition intake.

Raisins have health benefits that may make it a befitting fruit to relish. Here are the benefits.

  • Powerful antioxidant that raisins are, they help in keeping the cells healthy.
  • Helps get stronger bones due to Boron content present in raisins.
  • Protects against macular regeneration.
  • Helps gain weight.
  • Reduces hypertension; lowering blood pressure.
  • Aids in controlling diabetes.
  • Addresses Anaemia effectively.
  • Keeps teeth healthy and strong.
  • Improves digestion.

Raisins do not have to be processed in any manner in order to use them in any recipe. They can be used as add-ons in breakfast, drinks, desserts, cookies.