There are many different types of raisins with different shapes, colors, sizes, and flavors. Each type of raisin is made from different grapes with different colors and tastes.
Here is a brief description of raisin varieties:
Currant raisins are seedless, tart, and tangy, and very dark in color. They are alternatively known as Zante currants and often mixed with raisins and candied peel in mixed dried fruit products.
Sultanas are made from seedless green grapes. They are often dipped in a solution before drying, which speeds up the process. Sultana raisins are light to dark brown and particularly tart and soft. After that, they are dried in special drying plants and due to their very high sugar content, sultanas often the juiciest and lightest in color.
The most common type of raisins can be made from grapes of any skin color, their final brown to black hue obtained as they dry. The higher the heat and the more direct the sunlight, the darker the raisin and the more caramelized its flavor.
These delicious raisins are made from red-skinned grapes. There is not much difference between their final color or size and black raisins. They are also known as flame, which came from the flame seedless red grape and is large, plump, dark red and super sweet.
These wonderful green raisins are slim, from 2 to 3 cm long. They are originated and produced across the Middle East and Central Asia. They taste slightly dense and chewy, with a light tartness reminiscent of green grapes. Also they are usually dried in well aired but dark indoor conditions, which protect their pale jade hue, nowadays sometimes improved by sulfur dioxide.
Golden raisins are generally dried in dehydrators with controlled temperature and humidity, which allows them to retain a lighter color and more moisture. Therefore, they are fruity and tangy, with less caramel or toffee flavor traits than black raisins.
After being doubled washed, golden raisins are dried, coated with vegetable oil, stemmed, mechanically cleaned, laser and hand-sorted then metal detected under the extreme care of hygienic conditions and with legal and safety requirements and the customers’ special specifications.
Raisins, sultanas, and currants are all highly nutritious and make good substitutes for one another.
At the end of the day, all are good choices that may even benefit your health. Which one you choose simply depends on the recipe in question and your taste preference.
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